This picture dates back a little over 10 years ago, back to 2004, during an OSA Anual Meeting in Rochester. I found it and decided to post it, since I believe it marks the beginning of my embryonic career, also when I started working with optical traps.
In the picture you can see myself, round spectacles and more hair. To the right, my Master's project with colloidal quantum dots. It was a different world, a time for discovery and experimentation, of trial-and-error. Sometimes today, I do miss the grand challenges near to impossible, needed to be surpassed, by a highly motivated and perseverante unskilled undergraduate.
I really need to make more lab time available for myself.