Terrence Alan Reese – Illuminate The Subject’s Persona And Soul

Terrence Alan Reese (TAR), started writing at the age of 10 at his grandfather’s funeral, his work Reflection made him pursue his career even more.

LONDON – 27 March 2023

TAR, born Terrence Alan Reese in Chicago, IL, opened a photo studio in New York City in 1991 and created images for commercial and portrait photography a span of over 20 years.  Some of his clients include, BMG Music, Coca-Cola, Motown, Warner Bros., Universal Music Group, Pepsi, Sears, Sony, Virgin Records, and McDonalds.  His images have graced the pages and covers of various publications including, Esquire Magazine, Vibe Magazine, Newsweek, Wallpaper, Entertainment Weekly, Detail and Harper’s Bazaar.

Marked by his congenial character and gifted ability to illuminate his subject’s persona and soul, TAR has shot well-known musical artists, such as Tupac Shakur, Alliyah, Billy Joel, Savage Garden, Brand New Heavies, R. Kelly, Dionne Warwick, Jay Z, Lauren Hill, Mary Ann Faithful, BB King, D’Angelo, Mary J Blige, Russell Simmons, Brian McKnight, Notorious Big, Sean P. Diddy Comb and LL Cool J.

TAR’s work has appeared in Newsweek, Details, Wallpaper, Spin, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Black Enterprise and Harper’s Bazaar, among other periodicals.

In 1994, TAR began creating Intimate portraits of Icons, known as ‘Reflections.’ He created images of Herbert Gentry, Ed Clark, Dr. Selma H. Burke, Dr. Dorothy Height, The Nicholas Bros. Faith Ringgold, Elizabeth Catlett, General Colin Powell, Richard Hunt and many more.

In 2022, Terrence A Reese released his first novel, The Science of Seduction to rave reviews. He is now working on The Science of Seduction The Descendants due out in 2023 October.

When did you start writing?

The day of my grandfather’s funeral. I was ten years old.

My shiny shoes stood behind the line in front of my grandfather’s home. I’m clean as a whistle wearing one of the two suits I have. All eyes are on me as I bent my knees, swung my arm back and then moved it forward slowly.

The penny flew from between my fingers. Everyone standing on both sides of the sidewalk watched the penny fly through the air, bounce on the sidewalk and into the line.

I cheered and high five everyone around me.

How did you get to this point in your life as a writer?

“Reflections made me a Best-Selling Author, because it’s the Best Coffee Table Book of Portraiture of Iconic African Americans ever created. There may be other books, but the concept of Reflections is a work of Art that Educates. No one can dispute that!”


If you could meet any writer, dead or alive, who would it be?

Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, Billy Wilder, Orson Wells, Ian Fleming, William Wyler, Stephen King, Mario Puzo. And what would you want to know? Nothing. Their opportunities wouldn’t have been mine. I would like to have lunch with them and talk about ideas and concepts.

What moves you most in a work of literature?

The ability to teach a person something that will be useful in their lives.

What books and authors have impacted your writing career?

Orson Wells (Citizen Kane), Ian Fleming (007), Mario Puzo (The Godfather)

Which writers — working today do you admire?

K. Rowling. I just read the Harry Potter series.

What made you write The Science of Seduction?

To help people understand the importance of intimacy in a romantic relationship. When a person thinks, ‘I wish I would have known then what I do now.’ That’s a painful revelation. If a person isn’t taught, they can only fake it for so long until it’s revealed. Being an attentive, good lover is something that’s taught. It doesn’t just happen.

In The Science of Seduction Lena writes the Black Book, which teaches a boy how to cater to the Needs, Wants and Desires of a Woman. It also suggests things a woman can do to keep a man interested. It’s a give and take. A two-way street that has to be respected.

Lena is a product of her environment. At 18 she carries the knowledge of a woman twice her age, because her parents have pulled the curtains of reality away and allowed her to see the world for what it is.

What are you working on?

The Science of Seduction: The Descendants. How does the next generation handle the problems that arise because of progress? Is Love a Sacrifice or a Motivation?

What do you think should be improved in the education of our children?

The two most important things in society aren’t taught: Intimacy and How to please your partner. How to manage your finances. Parents send their children into the world on hopes and prayers. Then the consequences of their lack of communication walks through the front door. And then they are speechless. What do we lack as a people? Truth and Honesty.

What would you say to your readers?

Enjoy yourself.


5.0 out of 5 starsAwesome read

Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2022

Touch, Taste and Enjoy!
I enjoy a well laid out romance, but there’s nothing like one that comes with a beautiful poem.
Lena is a reflection of her environment and that’s the only way you could have told such a story.

Everything she believed about men was true, but you still managed to make her fall in love.
The structure, the action and every bit of dialogue enveloped me into the story. You are quite visual.
I evaluated my relationships based on the rules and moral code in the book and found I had room for growth.

It’s not easy facing reality, but The Science of Seduction gave me a baseline as to where to find the happiness I believe I deserve.

5.0 out of 5 stars Mental Erotica

Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2023

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Geat Read! Storyline kept me on the edge. I like that mental seduction is the main focus. The plot twist was unexpected but perfectly revealed. This book calls into question, who is really in control when it comes to sex, seduction, and romance.

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