Dai Sugano, a photographer at the San Jose Mercury News, took this picture of me yesterday afternoon while I was sitting in the paper's photography lab. I was checking e-mail or Gchat while waiting to contribute to an upcoming project. That is not my light or microphone, but that is my keyboard controller and my laptop. I get tagged in other people's pictures occasionally, so I have some idea of how I look, but this catches me by surprise: a little lost in thought; a little bit like I'm about to punch my own jaw; a little more solid and stolid than I feel. I see myself against busy backdrops: the selfie with the slightly shaking hand, or the two- or three-shot at friendly gatherings. I'm almost never against a warm gray wall, holding objects I use, looking like someone I ought to recognize.