Like everyone else in the retail side of the photo world, I just spent the last few days at the PhotoPlus Expo at the Javits Center here in New York. It was big, busy, and a great time to reconnect with old and new contacts in the industry. In fact, I nearly lost my voice from talking to so many people. Since I became a technical writer--more than a decade ago now--this has always been the one event I make time for no matter what.
The tech is cool, and essential to keep up on, but for me, the show is more about getting out there and showing my peers that I appreciate what they do, and that I appreciate them. In a world where it's so easy to communicate entirely by email, I value those face to face interactions. The photo industry is a really exciting place, filled with a lot of great people. Why wouldn't I want to go?