In one of my lives, I’m a photographer.

I love Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York photo project, which I contend is absolutely the best use of the internet today. Stanton takes lovely portraits of people going about their day, juxtaposed with heart-wrenching stories of the happiest or saddest moments of their lives. Sometimes they are funny. Sometimes they are so full of truth, they stop me completely. And I am not the same afterwards.

I wanted to do something similar with images that showed people at work. I am exploring our changing tools and our relationships with technology as part of our work. You can see the beginnings of my project at There is probably someone you recognize in the Humans of HR gallery, which has been many years and many conferences in the making.

I’m also fascinated by Hands and the ways we use them as tools to do almost every kind of work.

Wildflour Bakery in Freestone, California is one of the few places that does not have a keyboard as part of the work.

I’m about to go to the other end of the spectrum at the HR Technology Conference in Las Vegas next week, where technology will be the subject, the object, the product, and the way to find your friend at the bar. Las Vegas would not exist without complex systems both physical and technological. I will be taking pictures of humans and their tech, and asking people about it. If you see me, stop me and let me take your picture.

I’m also going to be using tech to write poetry at the conference- my own juxtaposition. I’ll be tweeting my experience in haikus, using the hashtag #HRThaiku. If you are a little rusty on your haiku, they have 17 syllables, usually in 3 lines of 5, 7, 5. Like this:

Tweets meet poetry.

People and technology.

Discover your art.

I’m looking forward to the experience. And I hope I get to see you there or writing poems with me on Twitter.

Special thanks to Paul Hebert who helped me imagine the project, encouraged me to actually do it, then said really nice things. And thanks to all my friends and colleagues who see me and encourage me as a human and an artist, not just a lawyer.

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