May 1, Palo Alto, CA: I was feeling a little apprehensive about tonight. It had already been a long day, and I had been wondering all week how I would feel about interacting with so many people I hadn't seen in years. I thought lots about how I would answer the inevitable, "How've you been?" Part of me felt like I would want to just be as open as possible about everything to anyone who asked. And part of me felt the old pull of doing whats comfortable and letting people see what they might expect to. But in the end, I just ended up being drawn in by some folks that I was really interested in catching up with. It was easy to separate the caring from the curious, share openly along that divide, and enjoy the company of some good people. And I gave the camera the night off. I was thinking that I might use it as a crutch; to hide behind it if I felt a little exposed. It turned out to be a refreshing break from shooting.
photo credit: a stranger at the Dutch Goose