Crystal Raghunanan, 18, of Elizabeth Seton High School photographed at her home in Capitol Heights, Md., on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. "I don't think people understand that we've been waiting for this all year. It may just seem like, oh, one little dance, a prom or a graduation. They can do it at another time. But for having something to look forward to all year, that you've been working hard to get to. It's really hard. It's harder than people might think to have to deal with."
COVID-19 shut everything down in the Spring of 2020, including the rituals that mark the end of high school- like the senior prom. This is one in a series of portraits that allowed the seniors to get dressed up and show off their prom style for the camera, but with the constant physical reminder of the pandemic- the mask.