Throughout the years, we have seen the Japanese artist Haruhiko Kawaguchi — who goes by his pseudonym Photographer Hal — vacuum-seals pairs in different intimate spaces. Unconventional portraits see pairs of people closely bundled in a thin layer of plastic and captured in an intense, ephemeral and controlled moment. Photographer Hal is now scaling up his ambitious work for his new show, 'Flesh Love Everything' where families and couples are vacuum-sealed together with their homes. 'I began a vacuum project with a couple and all-around with a landscape,' says the artist. 'Not just couples where they love each other, but even everything around them is vacuum-packed and eventually the entire landscape is vacuum-packed, creating n picture where everything in the universe is one life.'
Photographer Hal's carefully controlled portraits allow him a strict 10-second shooting time, before the situation could become harmful. The couples volunteer to the project themselves and their homes, seeking to convey the message behind the vision of the artist and the photographic philosophy — love. 'The location of the shooting is their most important place,' the artist continues. 'The things that you love and the world. I think this is an ideal type of love. We should spread out the meaning of love and spread the relation of love more and more through different cultures.'
We see houses, bathtubs, couples, love with other key elements including individuality, style, communication and intimacy throughout Haruhiko Kawaguchi's work.
Haruhiko Kawaguchi brings complete strangers to his confined, crimson-like spaces only to convey his ongoing theme of 'couple love.' Photographer Hal is using tiny rooms to capture the willing couples, bringing the focus even closer to the objects placed together in a bathtub. 'Today, I am seeking new dimensions in portrait photography by challenging the majestic theme of humanity, defined through love.' Photographer Hal's latest project is called 'Fresh Love', which captures the varied couples in vacuum-sealed packages.
Interesting fact: In their previous seasons back in the 2000s, Maison Margiela, Comme des Garcons, Rick Owens used to vacuum-seal their selected products before shipping them out to clients.