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Tatemae | Honne by Silvia Casali

About this series

My shell armor was quickly giving way, and that black malignant hole I had on my back reminded me of that every single day.

It was in March 2019, a month after the diagnosis, that I took these photos. At that time I did not mean to publish them: too intimate, there was no reason to show myself and my feelings that much.

Then, an unexpected journey in Japan opened my eyes. Tatemae and Honne, the facade and the true spirit in Japanese. That facade was collapsing, despite my efforts to keep it intact because of the conventions and the formality required by Italian culture and society. My true spirit, honne, was emerging, wanting to be seen by everybody, not willing to collapse under the weight of the rubble of the tatemae.

Silvia Casali


“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky”. Rabindranath Tagore

Born and living in Scandiano (Reggio Emilia, Italy) Silvia studied economics, managed a wine company, and now designs communication projects and web content as a freelancer.

She loves storytelling; everything in her life and in her photography has a story to tell and emotions to share, from the most ordinary day to the biggest sports event, from an illegal immigrant begging on the street to a pop music star on stage. Her photographs have already traveled all over the world thanks to her successful participation in national and international awards (Sony World Photography Awards, IPA) and her love for sharing through social media the ordinary, common beauty that surrounds us.