Mikiko Hara

Mikiko Hara’s square color snapshots involve no noticeable high drama. Her portraits — men and women, adults, adolescents, and children — are often alone hovering in the bay of everydayness: a schoolgirl at a train platform, mother and daughter asleep in a subway car, a middle-aged woman sternly looking off-camera. Although these scenes were shot in Tokyo and its suburbs, the settings and activities have an ambiguous quality, the images evoke emotion and mood through nuanced facial expressions and body language.