Having written a dissertation on school photography, I cannot help but view the opportunity to participate in taking prom pictures as a chance to create images that dance around academic institutions and explore how relationships form between students. Prom pictures maintain a formality, projecting into a future where they will function as aide-mémoire, but — in the digital age of social media — must be turned around quickly for sharing. These photos are public-facing, yet private and tender. Junior prom is especially unique, marking maturity without finality. This year, the group chose an abandoned nursing home as the backdrop: extensive rubble from the crumbling walls and ceiling; graffiti that could be generally aged by degrees of integrity, since it lay over peeling lead paint; and no interal electricity, so we had to hump a battery pack in.