BLOG: Review of Mikiko Hara's new photo book "These Are Days"

Dec 12, 2014 4:08AM

By her own admission, Mikiko Hara’s new photo book These Are Days (2014) is about “nowhere” as much is it is about “everywhere”—a vague landscape of people whose sense of place is constantly interrupted by an apparent state of introspection.

Staying out of the “picture,” but inadvertently drawn into it, Hara’s camera, which “grasps and slowly scoops up things,” turns even the sky she sees into a character all of its own. To quote the American novelist Richard Brautigan, “The sky was blue. It was the blue of human eyes, waiting for something to happen.”