Raw photographer Ruby Mercier captures a vulnerability and emotion in her subjects that is reminisicent of the tumultuous nature of adolescence. At just sixteen years old, most of Mercier's photos are of her friends, and her intimate connection with them is undeniable. With just the snap of a finger, she digs deep into the dark and personal moments of her subjects in a way that opens limitless stories to the imagination of where they came from and where they are going.

Dark yet hopeful, there's a certain temporary angst about each of her subjects, and Mercier's lens is one that promises growth and depth. The Seattle native's artistic lens is narrowly consistent with her surely narrow global perspective, but the reflective nature of her photos reflect a promising future for the youthful photog.

Implications - Portrait photography is an art form centered around familiarity, intimacy and connection to viewers through the eyes and raw emotion of the subject. Consumers look for lenses that cast an alternate perspective on every day experiences that may rdinarily be overlooked by the naked eye.