vacuum sealed couples by photographer hal vacuum sealed couples by photographer hal
jan 13, 2012

vacuum sealed couples by photographer hal

vacuum sealed couples by photographer hal (above) ‘flesh love’ by photographer hal

 

 

 

 

tokyo-based artist photographer hal has created the ‘flesh love’ series. his body of work explores the concept of worldly love through couples. in ‘flesh love’, hal pulls the lovers so near to one another that they transform into a single being– a vacuum-sealed pack of love. the artist wraps blankets the models with a plastic sheet in which he removes the air from to bond the lover together. hal is able to capture several photos in the few moments the couple is sealed within the plastic encasement.  the series is now available in a book compilation and an ipad application.

 

 

 

 

‘I go to kabukicho in shinjuku, underground bars in shibuya and many other places which are full of activity like luscious night time bee-hives. when I see a couple of interest I will begin to negotiate. I’m sure that many people initially think  of my proposal as unusual or even look through me like I am completely invisible, but I always push forward with my challenge to them. the models appear from all walks of life and individually have included musicians, dancers, strippers, laborers, restaurant and bar managers, photographers, businessmen and women, unsettled and unemployed, et al.’ – photographer hal

via laughing squid

  • How do they breathe? I must know!

    Jen says:
  • @Jen.

    They don’t. The models are only airless for a brief time while the photographer snaps what he needs.

    Pushstick says:
  • Feel suffocated just looking at them.
    Nice images.

    Stuart says:
  • I have a hard time believing they’re airless; on the first shot you can see condensation from his the gentleman’s breath. Maybe there exists a breathing tube connecting the back of the plastic enclosure thru the backdrop…?

    raymond says:
  • wow!!! like japanese image

    mrssantamsk says:
  • I am so loving this….wish I was one of the models! GREAT series!!! Terrific concept.

    urban_woodswalker says:
  • @raymond

    or maybe he was breathing while the air was being taken out, which left condensation.

    marineric says:
  • Ooor maybe he just breathed out…

    Tv shop vacubag says:

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