This past Saturday I had the opportunity to attend Bloomington's Black History Month Gala. Early last week I received an email from a PhoSo (Photography Society) member, asking if anyone could fill in for her; she wasn't able to photograph this years Gala. It was such a great opportunity for my photography career, I couldn't pass it up. I was lucky enough to be the first to respond and got the gig. It was located at the Hilton Garden Inn, downtown Bloomington; very easy to get to. Throughout the night I had so much fun and met so many great people, many of whom asked for my business card (which I was so excited about!). Some prominent people of Bloomington I was introduced to included Mayor Mark Kruzan and the editor and publisher of Bloom Magazine, Malcolm Abrams. I even happened to see an RA from Teter (the residence hall I live in) that I recognized; he was working with the catering company. We introduced ourselves and I made a new friend! While IU is such a large school, I still see many familiar faces quite often. I'm from a predominately Caucasian town, so it was a really great opportunity for me to spend an evening experiencing a new culture and understanding what pride African American's have in their accomplishments. It was truly a life changing experience. This is just one of the many opportunities IU and Bloomington has to offer.
Side note: If you're interested in mlhPhotography, here is my business card!