Tokyo-based artist Photographer Hal continues his collection of vacuum sealed couples with the series ‘Flesh Love Returns’. The images see pairs of people tightly wrapped in a thin layer of plastic, and photographed in private, intimate spaces such as the couples’ homes, workplaces, and favourite meeting places.

Hal-flesh-love-returns-vacuum sealed couples-culture-and-life-01

‘I make them choose a place for shooting,’ Photographer Hal says. ‘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.’

Hal-flesh-love-returns-vacuum sealed couples-culture-and-life-02

Each couple can only be left inside the sealed bag for 10 seconds, as air is extremely limited, and oxygen is shared by the two people inside. ‘Because the couple cannot breathe in the bag, the vacuum-packed state can only be kept for several seconds. This is why I chose photography to capture these pieces.’

Hal-flesh-love-returns-vacuum sealed couples-culture-and-life-03 Hal-flesh-love-returns-vacuum sealed couples-culture-and-life-04 Hal-flesh-love-returns-vacuum sealed couples-culture-and-life-07 Hal-flesh-love-returns-vacuum sealed couples-culture-and-life-08 Hal-flesh-love-returns-vacuum sealed couples-culture-and-life-09 Hal-flesh-love-returns-vacuum sealed couples-culture-and-life-10 Hal-flesh-love-returns-vacuum sealed couples-culture-and-life-11 Hal-flesh-love-returns-vacuum sealed couples-culture-and-life-12