The day the lights went out in my school I was lucky enough that it was during my prep period. Since the school I work at has very few rooms with windows, the classrooms were lighted with nothing but flashlights, which for the photographer in me meant long exposure times. I went to this classroom and took this picture, every student was moving so it came out blurry. The class wanted a good picture, so I told them they would have to sit motionless for the 25 seconds the shutter would be open. Most of them did, a few purposely moved their heads to see what would happen. After a grueling 25 seconds I started showing the picture around the room and asked the class if anyone had any idea why in the pictures from the early 1900’s nobody ever smiled. When I told them that back then people would have to sit perfectly still for several minutes, immediately there were comments about how hard it was to stand still for just 25 seconds. By the end of the conversation, most of them had a lot more sympathy for their ancestors in those old pictures around the house.