Pages: 88 / photos: 72
Size: 152x202x8mm / softcover
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)
Pages: 96 / photos: 56
Size: 151x224x9mm / softcover
Release Date: August 2009
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.