I became passionate about photography in my early twenties at a Helen Levitt exhibit in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. I went back to that exhibit three times, poring over every detail of Levitt's images from the 1930's and 40's. Eventually, an art dealer introduced me to the concept of art on layaway and over the years I've managed to amass a modest collection of pieces that still speak to me after years of ownership (the beauty of layaway is that there are no impulse purchases).
I don't do any serious collecting now. There are other places my money needs to go. But I still add to my collection from time to time with photographs I find on Etsy at extremely reasonable prices. It satisfies my need for visual beauty and I've discovered that my Etsy finds live happily with my existing collection - proof that beauty and value can be had at any price level.
Here are some of my recent favorites:
1: From Kimberly Blok Photography (Average price of prints $25)
2, 3, & 4: From Kari Herer (Average $10 - $30)
5 & 6: From Galerie De Illuminata (Average $25 - $100)