Photographer Hal‘s series ‘Couple Jame’ & ‘Flesh Love’ both explore relationships and love in very unique and unusual ways.
He writes that his work is a comment on relationships and love, exploring intimacy. Whilst this is obviously true there has to be something else to explain why they are shrink wrapped together in ‘Flesh Love’ and why did this seem like the natural progression from the bath tubs used in ‘Couple Jam’?
Couple Jam (2009)
Flesh Love (2011)
The harsh light and reflective plastic in ‘Flesh Love’ remind me of strange exotic meats you see in the markets. The lack of context plays on the viewer’s sense of proportion, we know these are real humans, but we almost feel as though we could pick them up off a shelf and take them home. Is this a comment on how love is commercialised? How two people become one mushed up person? Or something completely different, I guess it has a different meaning for everyone (which is one of the best things about a good photo series).
When I see a couple of interest I will begin to negotiate. I’m sure that many people initially think of my proposal as unusual or even look through me like I am completely invisible, but I always push forward with my challenge to them. The models appear from all walks of life and individually have included musicians, dancers, strippers, laborers, restaurant and bar managers, photographers, businessmen and women, unsettled and unemployed.
– Photographer Hal