It was late at night, and scenes from Casablanca were flickering, projected onto a backdrop. "play it once sam, for old time's sake," the words slipped into my head like a faint breeze; it wasn't the scene in the backdrop, yet I heard it the same. The song played back then, however, was obviously not as time goes by; it was something much less mellow, yet no less significant. It was a prom night, a night so dear for many people, yet often times are taken for granted. I was given the wonderful opportunity to take pictures for the LGBT prom night held by Kaleidoscope Youth center. It was my first assignment ever, and the Kaleidoscope youth center was nice enough to provide me with a pure white backdrop and lighting - and generally freedom to take whatever pictures I want. Some people also provided their consent to release pics for me to use here, in my blog.
As 8 PM turned to 9 and then 10, a couple of kids took the courage to ask me to take their pictures. "Do we have to pay for our photos?" A couple of them asked. "you pay nothing," I answered. "How many can we take?" I smiled, looked into my camera screen and bag then said, "Judging from my flash card, each of you can take approximately as much as you want." They smiled, and hurried towards the backdrop - they did take as much as they want. At the end of the day, I had one of my CF card full.
Suddenly a slow song; I couldn't remember what it was, but the song slowed down to a ballad. Many stayed on the dance floor, and started to embrace each other as they sway - It comes once in your life, then left, I thought. One couple caught my eye, and I took what turned out to be one of my favorite picture of the night.
It was a night unlike any other, for me and for these kids - and they deserve none the lesser. I personally want to thank the Kaleidoscope youth center for letting me to take picture of the memorable night. It was truly memorable.