They say the best couples are the ones that can’t bear to separate from each other. You know the type, the ones who practically do everything together and can’t endure five seconds apart without texting/ calling their significant other. Their sense of connectedness is so palpable, it’s as if they’ve morphed into one super human ‘pack of love’. And as endearing as that sounds, it’s kinda odd. Maybe I’m in the minority, but I value my alone time from bae. How else can I watch the Golden Girls with a mud mask on my face while noshing on pickles in peace?
Interesting enough, this concept is the basis of work for Tokyo based artist, Haruhiko Kawaguchi otherwise known as Photographer Hal. Known for his earlier iteration of vacuum packing couples (yes, actual live humans) and photographing them in “Flesh Love”, a photo compilation of cuddled couples packed in tight plastic wrap, Hal has once again captured the same essence in “Flesh Love Returns”.
In the latest installment, Hal expanded on the series photographing couples in intimate settings of their choice. Couples were photographed at home in the kitchen, their bedroom or bathtub, in the office and/or out at the park, among various locations. Some clothed, others opting to go nude.
To achieve the shots, each couple was vacuum-sealed in a thin layer of clear plastic, and remained covered for ten seconds due to lack of oxygen.
“I make them choose a place for the shooting,” the artist told Design Boom. “Men and women are attracted to each other, and try to become one. This fundamental desire carries an energy that affects all matter in the world. I wonder: what is the reason we have to make such an effort to become one — possibly we were originally one? I intend to visualize this power of love by adhering and unifying couples.”
No word on the actual length of time that went to photographing (and recapturing) shots with the couples. But from the looks of it, every second was a moment of plastic wrap bliss for them.
For a further look “Flesh Love Returns” check out the images below as well as a video which explains Hal’s “Flesh Love” concept.
Photo Credit: Photographer Hal