PHOTOGRAPHER HAL Photobooks

PHOTOGRAPHER HAL

"ZATSURAN"

Pages: 64/ photos: 59
Size: 305x215x12mm / hardcover
Price: 3,500JPY
Release Date: September 2014

 

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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. Since I believe this, I intend to visualize this power of love by adhering and unifying couples. The closer the distance between them, the stronger the power. The law of gravity also shows the pull is stronger when two objects become closer; and glue, too, is stronger when it is applied thinner. To be adhered shows their strength.

I decided to vacuum-pack couples as a method to express coherence. 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. The series “Flesh Love” originated from this concept. When I was trying to look for a way to express the power of love, I thought of a star which, when it dies, shrinks and creates a black hole that sucks its surroundings into itself.

From here I started to vacuum-pack lovers together with their possessions. We cannot bring all their possessions into the studio so, for the selection process, we concentrated on items most closely connected to their personalities. These possessions are tools that help communicate the essence of their characters. To be vacuum-packed and adhered to one another is a new way of illustrating the couple's love. While extracting the air, the belongings' positions shift unpredictably and the result can be unexpected. This appearance seems chaotic at first, but there is an inevitability and order, like the structure of the natural world.

Naturally arranged subject matter shows the couple in their true form. This is their chaotic microcosm.

(Excerpts from the author's postscript)

   

PHOTOGRAPHER HAL

"FLESH LOVE"

Pages: 88 / photos: 72
Size: 152x202x8mm / softcover
Price: 1,800JPY
Release Date: December 2011

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  When you embrace your lover, sometimes you wish to melt right into them.
To realize this wish, I've been photographing couples in small, or even cramped spaces like motels and bathtubs. As my work has become more and more intense,
I've noticed that communication is indispensable.
This time, I reached the point of photographing couples in vacuum-sealed packs, in a set that I 've constructed in my own kitchen. The lights are in the ceiling,
so I just lip one switch and have everything ready.
I have a few different colored paper backgrounds, which I can leave rolled up in the corner.
until there's none left. This gives me 10 seconds to take the shot.
In this extremely limited time I can't release the shutter more than twice.

(Excerpts from the author's postscript)

   

PHOTOGRAPHER HAL

"Couple Jam"

Pages: 96 / photos: 56
Size: 151x224x9mm / softcover
Price: 1,800JPY
Release Date: August 2009

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This book was created out of Photographer Hal's interest in the personal dynamic between couples. He says that he started out photographing in Tokyo nightclubs, but found that above everything else he was drawn to the energy he found in couples. However, the lighting of nightclubs made it hard to shoot people well, so he arranged to take pictures of couples at their homes. "Even more so than the bedroom or the restroom," Hal writes in the postscript, "I felt that the bathroom was the most private place in the home for a couple. So I decided to take my photographs with them in the bathtub." The result is an extremely playful look at some of the more exuberant couples of Tokyo.

"Couple Jam" features loud color, and even louder people in front of the camera. Most of the couples are wearing outrageous outfits, so when they climb into a single bathtub they appear like a single entity of limbs, heels, faces, accessories, hair and the occasional cybernetic tentacle. These are brashly captured expressions of a new generation.

   

PHOTOGRAPHER HAL

"Pinky & Killer DX"

Pages: 138
Size: 153x190x12mm / softcover
Price: 2,500JPY
Release Date: November 2007

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