Vacuum sealing helps preserve foodstuff, but can it keep romance alive for longer? Japanese photographer Haruhiko Kawaguchi certainly seems to think so, and he’s having no problem finding couples that share the sentiment with him.
The Tokyo-based architect’s project, “Flesh Love,” has so far covered more than 80 couples vacuum-sealed in plastic wrap. It’s unknown who comes up with those contortionist poses, the artist or the couples, but they do command attention, especially when you consider that a lot of the couples are in their birthday suits.
Kawaguchi’s modus operandi is simple. The couples enter a plastic bag that the artist purchases from the Internet; the bag is 100 x 150 x 74 cm, just big enough to accommodate two people. A regular vacuum cleaner then sucks the air out of the bag, leaving behind a couple holding its breath for around 20 seconds, the time that Kawaguchi needs to take a few shots.
If the artist is to believed, it is the men that lose their composure from lack of oxygen and pressure exerted on their bodies. In fact, one male model ended up wetting himself. Women, on the other hand, seem to think little of the discomfort they have to undergo in order to look good in the photos.