Tokyo Subway Dreams

by Vivien Park

I've been thinking a lot about the idea of transition lately, in particular our times in transit. So when I came across these ethereal photographs by Michael Wolf, I was immediately drawn to his ability to capture the moments when time seem to pass by at a different speed. Trapped in an in-between world, the expressions on these commuters are of loss and longing. What are they dreaming of? Who are they dreaming of?

Credits: Photos by Michael Wolf.


  1. These pictures are beautiful. Thank you for the introduction to Michael Wolf. As I see these people and think about the explosions today on the Moscow Metro I can't understand what drives anyone to take innocent lives. It's devastating and also a reminder of everyone who sleeps peacefully on the train, no matter where they're from or what they stand for.

  2. These are great photos. I see this all the time, and wonder at it. And admire it. And then I worry about it. Why are they always so tired? People often fall asleep on my shoulder (when we're seated), and I wish I carried a little pillow to give them. (I've got bony shoulders.) Thanks for posting.

  3. Another appreciative shout-out for the great post and the introduction to Michael Wolf.
    Somewhat related, on the thoughts of those in transition or commute whether on vehicle or on foot:

  4. loss and longing? too much chris marker, perhaps? they just seem really uncomfortable and asleep.

  5. Haha, and we in Finland feel claustrophobic even when just all the seats are taken (and no one is standing).. :)

    Come along to Japan