the looking glass. Photographer: Taneisha Harrison ©2015

the looking glass.
Photographer: Taneisha Harrison

I would like to officially announce the book that I am working on, "the looking glass". Release date is August 15th, 2015. This is a project that I am very, very passionate about and I can't wait to release the final product. This is a photo book that is also a work of documentary featuring nineteen beautiful, inspiring women that share their life experiences that have made them the person they are today. This is the first volume of five that focuses solely on young women whose lives are just beginning.

I am a portrait photographer but I am also passionate about learning about other people's life experiences that have shaped them, pushed them, or slowed them down. I find everyone's life to be unique and inspiring. I can't express enough how much I believe in the expression, "you can't tell a book by its cover" --also hence the reason as to why my book of portraits doesn't have a cover that features any faces. I have been told numerous times in my life that people had no idea that I have been through as much as I have just by looking at me. They always see me as a bright and happy person, yet they hear of my imperfect past. It wasn't until I got older that I realized that every interaction I have with someone is surprising --whether with a stranger or someone that I thought I knew.

In this book, it delves into the depths of beauty in its rarest form. There's a multitude of theories and concepts for the ideal perception of beauty. The intensity of frustration that one feels while trying to figure out the perfect equation about the idea is overwhelming. Over time, I have coined a variety of theories and perceptions of beauty through essays, poems, and stories, but all revolve around one aspect - reality

Nothing is more beautiful to me than the realistic nature of a person. I always wondered why I have always been so fascinated by listening to other people's experiences in life that drive them everyday to be who they are. In this book series, you will find nineteen inspiring women and the documentation of their beauty in the realm of reality.

Over the next month, keep a look out for more updates and sneak peeks of the book!

And a definite special thank you to the all the women who bravely volunteered to tell the world their stories. You're all beautiful in every way. <3