Ch.2 Say Yes to the Lens
"It looks like female genitalia" my friend
and fellow class mate, Fabiola, told me as she analyzed some of
the photographs I once took. Fabby and I are very good friends
ever since my freshman year at college when she asked me how she
would adjust the lenses to her camera. She is very well liked and
friendly, every one takes a liking to her as soon as they meet
her. Besides her bubly personality she is also very blunt, but
unlike some people in class, she always has good inetnions behind
"It's the inside of a flower..." I responded
to her and set my belongings on top of my desk. The Arts
department was fortunate enough not to have suffered through
cutbacks this year because of all the private donors we had, so
our classroom was furnished with top of the line equipment. The
room was huge with white walls, everyone had their own large
working desk, a nice red room, and fluorescent lighting. In the
walls oppostite of the door, hung Picture of the Month, which was
picked by our teacher. This mont's photograph belonged to Nikon,
most of the time it does belong to him, and it just gives the
room a nice atmosphere when you first see it.
"Oh. WellI still think it looks like female
genitalia. In a good way." She said and flashed me a big smile
and handed the picture back to me. "Georgia O'keefe was always
being told that."
"I don't think there's a good thing about that especially because I'm not her" I dropped my photo helplessly to the desk as I scanned the room for Nikon. I was mentally prepping myself to ask him the big Question. Will you pose for me. I felt like I was preparing for a death march or something, I was that nervous, it seemed like such a silly question to ask, but it was something I wanted so badly to ask.
"He's in the red room"
"Who's in the red room?"
"Oh don't play coy, Gwen...Damien, is in the red room."
"Yes oh, now are you ready to talk to him?"
she asked anxiously and looked over my shoulder. Fabby knew that
I had a crush on Nikon, so she was always insisting I ask him out
on a date which I alwasy responded to no, but she never gave up
that idea. She also knew that I wanted to ask him if I could get
shots of him, and that is why she was insisitng I do that
"Not really bu-"
"Well you better get ready because he's coming over here" She gave me a little shove as she walked away. I turned around quickly to see him walking towards me. Oh Nikon! I mean Damien, I can't forget his real name, that's a huge no no. As I wait for him to get to me the world starts playing in slow motion for my benefit, well at least in my mind. His moppy hair blows as he takes a step, as his hips sway in a masculine way, his blue eyes twinkle...or it may be the fluorescent lighting...I'm not sure.
"Gwen, Fab tells me you have something to tell me"
"Really?" I turn around to look at her but she's gone and off to her desk on the other side of the classroom.
"Yeah she said it was urgent"
"Oh, yeah I do." Just as my mind starts formulating the words music starts playing loudly and I search for the person whos playing it. It comes from this guy named Guy, yes I know he was probably bullied as a teen, and he has techno music playing at maximum level while he takes pictures of a bowl of fruit. "Well, I-"
"Wait I can't hear you" Damien aka Nikon says, and points to his ear.
"Well you know, the showcase next month?" I ask with a louder voice
"I still can't hear you, hold on," He turns and yells, "Guy! Lower the music will you!" Guy turns to him to acknowledge him but makes no motion to turn the music off.
"Showcase next month. I wanted to ask you..."
"Guy the music!" he yells again
"I cant, I can't hear you Gwen!
"If you would like to pose for me!" I yell with the loudest voice I can muster just when Guy decides to shut the music off. Everyone in class stares at me with open mouths and awe written on their faces. Guy starts to snicker and turns around to keep shooting his dumb bowl of fruits. I look to Nikon and see his face is a mixture of shock and amusement, which is no better to my confidence than the weird stares I'm getting from everybody else. "So what do you say?" I ask him in a quiet voice.
"Like nude pictures?" He asks with a smirk. I can't help but stare at his lips while he smirks and I just imagine myself kissing him while he holds me...
"No, I'm just kidding" I tell him.
"You had me going for a minute there"
"So yes? No?"
"I'll do it"
"Oh goody!" I squeal and regret it. Goody? Am I serious? Am I in the third grade? "Great, so this is what I was thinking," I walk around him and try to place the things in my mind. "I would like to take pictures of you in a white background, in black and white, just having you stand and stuff, then I woulc like to take some pictures of you in random places, or places you frequent. I just want something pretty natural looking especially the random places pictures. But when I take your white background pictures, I just want to see you kinda intimate with the camera, like it's your friend or something..."
"It'll make more sense when we actually get to it"
"Yeah I see it, you know I have a white screen at my house. Guy is always hogging this one," we both turn to look at Guy.
"Oh, that's perfect I don't have one where live."
"Where do you live?"
"Koreatown...with my parents."
"Exactly. It hurts every time I go haha... What about you?"
"Around here, in downtown. So what are you going to use the pictures for?" he asks me as he leans on my desk and his hair falls perfectly around his face. His skin is light, but not pale, a hint of sun in it, that just makes his eyes stand out like sapphires.
"For the showcase next month, I'm going to add them into my portfolio."
"If I let you take pictures of me, let metake pictures of you" he tells me as he fingers the camera in my desk, to his liking it's a Nikon and his face just brightens when he sees it.
"I don't know, I'm not really photogenic"
"Is there anybody that is truly photogenic?"
"Fine, your pictures always come out great, I mean you've been chosen for Picture of the Month three times in a row"
"That's nothing, but if that what convinces you okay great, what about tomorrow?"
"What about tomorrow?"
"We go take pictures of me" He says as he straightens up and flexes his arms.
"Okay that's fine at what time?" He places his hand on his chin and rubs it thoughtfully.
"Three, at my place. Here's my address," He looks around for something and finds a pen and paper from the desk next to me and scribbles on it. He hands it to me and says, "just ring the bell and I'll open." I take the paper from himand I momentarily freeze as I stare at the paper but keep it happily. "Well I got to go back to the red room and see if the pictures are developed"
"Yeah yeah go." I waved him good bye and
sighed happily with the images of him and I strolling about the
city being crazy, or so I hope it would turn out good. I can only
imagine how it would be like to hang out with him, during class
we mainly talk but never had we done anything besides that, so
it's very hard to make advances at him. I have no opportunity to
just ask him out, and I feel intimated because of his good looks
and all, but mostly because he is great at what he does. The
teacher even agrees, seeing as his pictures are up everyday on
these walls, and he's praised constantly, no one can doubt that
he's any good. Guy strives to beat him at it but until now he has
never succeeded, and I think he will never
But one thing is for sure. Me, him, cameras
and the whole evening to ourselves.
*A/N Hello guys, sorry for the long wait! Well anyways I wanted to say this chapter was a bit...blah, and I want to apologize lol. Next chapter will be definitely more exciting!*