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Flesh Love
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 flip one switch and have everything ready. I have a few different colored paper backgrounds, which I can leave rolled up in the corner. 
After the couple get in the vacuum pack, I suck the air out with a 
 vacuum cleaner 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. I've been in there myself, and the fear I felt was 
 overwhelming. As the shooting continues over multiple takes, the 
 pressure of the vacuum seal grows stronger. At the same time, the 
 two bodies start to communicate, and whether through unevenness 
 of limbs or the curve of joints they begin to draw a shape of what 
 they want to express. The two lovers draw closer until they finally 
 transform into a single being. Looking at these vacuum-sealed packs 
 of love, we can imagine a more peaceful world. For me, the vacuum 
 pack is only a means: the important thing is connecting to someone.
ISBN: ISBN 978-4-88773-129-5 C0072
Publisher: Tosei-sha

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