‘Tales From Japan’ – A Stunning Conceptual Exploration in Cultural Identity

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Featured, Photography Tips

‘Tales From Japan’ – A Stunning Conceptual Exploration in Cultural Identity

Being raised an immigrant comes with its own unique set of challenges. Your family not only looks vastly different to those around you, but they speak, act and celebrate traditions that sometimes integrate into the cultures of your new home. It can get confusing, and also in the formative years, embarrassing as kids struggle to fit in with their peers. You never quite feel like you belong.

Growing up, Reylia Slaby was always trying to find her place in the world. Born and raised in Japan by American parents, she struggled to fit in, questioning her identity, a stranger in a strange land. “While I had a lot to be thankful for growing up in Japan, being Caucasian made me a glorified visitor. My home was not fully my home because of how I looked.”

To explore some of the deeply locked emotions inside her, Slaby, now 21 years old, began the photo series, Tales From Japan. Reylia, who shared with us her journey to becoming a conceptual photographer in this post, shares that her images are reflections of her personal emotions.

The beginning of this project was like a breath of fresh air and it began to open doors in my mind and heart that I never knew were locked. It helped me deal with an aching pain I had always carried with me but never fully understood why.

Reylia-slaby-1Reylia-Slaby-2Reylia-Slaby-3Reylia-Slaby-4Reylia-Slaby-5Reylia-Slaby-6To see more of Reylia Slaby’s work, check out her website here.

[Via My Modern Met]


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