Tokyo-based artist Photographer Hal  captures the private lives of his subjects, showcasing his collection of vacuum sealed couples with the series ‘flesh love returns’.

Recently shortlisted at this year’s Sony world photography awards, the images see pairs of people tightly wrapped in a thin layer of plastic, and photographed in an extreme, yet intimate moment.

The series delivers an uncomfortable tension  - landing somewhere between fantastic voyeurism and sick fascination, while seemingly watch two people slowly suffocate in their love.

The images are an expansion on the first iteration of the project — which featured couples photographed on sheets of brightly colored paper, the second series is shot in private, intimate spaces — such as the couples’ homes, workplaces, and favorite meeting places.

‘I make them choose a place for shooting,’ the artist 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.’

via  Photographer Hal and designboom  

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