Love Without Air Is Strange
Photo Credit: Photographer Hal
Artists find new ways every day to be more and more original. Including, Japanese artist and photographer Hal who is known for his works titled Flesh Love and Zatsuran. He photographs couples locked in vacuum plastic bags. A unique and dangerous artistry, which has actually been more successful than he expected, since many couples now contact him for his original photography. The plastic echoes the consumer society and gives a toy or food look to the intertwined lovers, especially when they are accompanied by objects of all kinds. Imitating a packaging of a shared life, the packs challenge couples to test their love by agreeing to hold their breath together. The lack of air between the two allows them to form as one and confirm the strength of their union meanwhile immortalizing through Kawaguchi's camera.
To ensure the safety of the people photographed and the smooth running of the sessions, the Japanese artist interviews the couples who volunteer. At the beginning of the session, a repetition without the plastic bags is performed. Finally, the shooting with couples wrapped in plastic begins. Lovers pose inside the bags and a vacuum cleaner removes all the air within. From that moment on, Photographer Hal has just enough time to take two snapshots and free the couples who have been holding their breath for about ten seconds. In case, a bodyguard is always present to ensure the safety of the participants.
Despite the risks and the surely unpleasant feeling, the photographer is very solicited in his country and abroad by couples wanting to capture their union in the strongest and awkwardly symbolic way. Recently, the artist has undertaken a new series of photographs of the same kind, but this time outdoors and in standing poses.
Photo Credits: Photographer Hal (Haruhiko Kawaguchi)