Oops, spoke too soon.
|A small, cramped photo|
"When you embrace your lover, sometimes you wish to melt right into them. To realize this wish, I've been photographing couples in small, cramped spaces."
OK, that's interesting. He could make a fortune here in New York. In fact, probably even more than the landlords. And you know what? New Yorkers would pay for it, because that's what New Yorkers do.
But where most artists expand their horizons, Hal is shrinking his by photographing couples in vacuum-sealed packs. You know, like the kind you put your winter blankets in when spring comes around. Only tighter.
|Now that's a tight couple.|
To hear Hal put it, these couples don't need to listen to him anyway: "As my work has become more and more intense, I've noticed that communication is indispensable." When you're vacuum-sealed, I'd say communication is damn near impossible.
There must be easier ways for couples to express their love for one another. I'm a big fan of saying, "I love you." If you're not in a talkative mood, flowers come to mind. Making a nice dinner for your loved one is always appreciated. Washing the dishes afterwards even more so.
|This is a double-whammy for my wife:|
vacuum-packed and tattoos.
Just so you understand, the couples are in the bags for 10 to 40 minutes, as they find the right pose before they're sealed tight. I can't keep a blanket on me in bed for 15 seconds without having to stick my leg out.
Luckily for Hal, he finds plenty of couples willing to wrap themselves up in each other:
|You think you love your bike?|
"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."
Again, ugly American that I am, I think the only thing these people are expressing is how nuts they are, and not just for the obvious reason.
See, all they get by putting their lives on the line is a print of the photograph. Hal, on the other hand, sells the same copies for up to $5,600 each.
I look forward to Photographer Hal's next series featuring all that dough vacuum-packed inside a vault at an undisclosed location. What's Japanese for "Sucker!"?