Mari

Day 5

A few weeks ago, I had this shoot with my incredible babe of a friend Mari. We shot in Tokyo near Roppongi under an underpass that featured a long stretch of art on its stony walls. The lighting was beautiful there, and after a hard past couple of days, this shoot with both her and the makeup artist made me feel so happy to have a few hours where I could shoot and let the stress melt off me. Such beautiful souls. Thank you so much dears.

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The Face For Others

Being born and raised in Japan, I often find that there are certain characteristics that I have naturally acquired, yet have no idea how, or when. One is what we call “Tatemae”. A hideous word to me, meaning the face you put up in front of others. Socially speaking, it is a natural and almost necessary tool to survive. Culturally you aren’t supposed to stand out too much, a constant and never ending play that you are supposed to follow. I grew up fairly segregated from Japanese society, and yet I found that this concept of Tatame has naturally infiltrated my personality. When meeting someone new, you must have a different face, must talk in a specific and decided way. Naturally of course, most countries have varying degrees of this, as it’s not a completely foreign concept. And yet, Japan has found a special place for this word, and it is threaded into the spirit of the people. So for someone like me, who looks nothing like the masses, is quite an overbearing task navigating the social scene in a way that is understood. My task is to unthread it, and to see what remains. Who was I before all of this started? Hopefully 2019 will show me.

Always,

Reylia

Reylia Slaby

Fine Art & Fashion Photography

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