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Alison Turner Long Beach, CA, United States

Reflected Identities
Project info

When I look in the mirror, what I see reflecting back at me is usually not how I feel inside. Under the superficial layer of skin, hair and eye color, I am much more complex than my reflection reveals. My internal struggles with addiction and search for self- identity has given me plenty of bricks to build the wall high, while holding down a mix of intense feelings of anger, loss, vulnerability, love, sadness and confusion.

They say that you are a direct reflection of your friends and the people you choose to surround yourself with. If this holds true, all of my friends in this series are a collective self portrait of who I am. “Reflected Identities” has allowed me to see and understand these feelings by looking closer at the faces and bodies of the people that are closest to me, who are also learning to accept themselves as they are right now.