Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Shrinkwrap My Love

Witchy Wednesday to you all, my little gingersnaps. A Japanese Photographer has found a new concept... putting couples in plastic bags and vacuuming out the air before taking photos. It takes roughly 10-20 seconds to take the pictures, during which the couples have to endure the lack of air.

I thought it was insane, but Mr. G (a photographer) thought it was awesome. Thoughts? I just know if someone tried to shove me in a plastic bag and vacuumed out the air, I'd have a panic attack and bust my way out of there.


Japanese Photographer Tries to Keep Love Fresh Forever by Wrapping It in Vacuumed Plastic Bags

Some couple try all kinds of romantic tricks to keep love alive for longer, but Japanese photographer Haruhiko Kawaguchi takes a more literal approach – he wraps people in plastic wrap, sucks out the air and takes photos of their distorted bodies.

The bizarre images of people huddled together in weird positions, in vacuumed plastic wrap may look like stills from a a sado-masochistic practice, but they are Haruhiko Kawaguchi way of showing and preserving the love between two people. His project, “Flesh Love”, is pretty straightforward. Two people, usually couples, are “packaged” in a 100 by 150 by 74 centimeters plastic bag the artist buys from the Internet. After carefully arranging their body parts so he can get the best shot, Kawaguchi uses an old vacuum cleaner to suck out all the air and make the subjects look like a pack of packaged meat you buy at the supermarket. It takes about 10 to 20 seconds for hit to take the photographs, during which time the shrinkwrapped couple has to endure the pressure and lack of air. But it’s all in the name of love.

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Love is the source of everything, according to Haruhiko, who like to be called Hal. A man who accumulates wealth does is out of love for his wife, or for expensive cars. People go to war out of love for power, or out of love for their country or their own life. So he feels proud to be able to capture the hottest, greatest moment of love, when the lovers are welded together in plastic wrap. If one of them dies, or if they break up, there is still this photo of their immortalized love.

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The magic happens of the kitchen floor of Hal’s Tokyo apartment, under the watchful eyes of the artist and his American girlfriend, Katherine. Photo subjects are covered with lubricant so the skin doesn’t burn when the plastic presses upon it as all the air is sucked out. Still, the sensation isn’t very pleasant – the plastic seals off your nostrils, presses on your eyelids and the ears pop as if you’re diving into deep water too fast. Kawaguchi says he’s so far photographed about 80 couples for Flesh Love, and there have been some accidents. It’s the men who panic the most, he says. Four or five of them started struggling for air while in the bag, and one even peed in his pants, but none of them were able to break the plastic bag from the inside. But there have been no major incidents, and the artist always has oxygen sprays nearby.

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So, would you have yourself wrapped in a vacuumed plastic bag, in order to have your love immortalized on a Tokyo kitchen floor?

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Source: odditycentral (Thanks Mylynka!)



In celebrity news, Guiliana Rancic said that Kris Jenner (mother of Kim Kardashian) is giving her the best parenting tips. *pauses for effect* I'm wondering if "getting his own show on E Entertainment by way of sex tape" has been discussed yet. #motheroftheyear


Guiliana Rancic: Kris Jenner Is Giving Me the Best Parenting Tips!



Giuliana Rancic and Kris Jenner attend the Associates For Breast And Prostate Cancer Studies' Mother's Day luncheon at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on May 9, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.

Giuliana Rancic and Kris Jenner attend the Associates For Breast And Prostate Cancer Studies' Mother's Day luncheon at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on May 9, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

When Giuliana and Bill Racic's baby boy enters the world via gestational surrogate in early September, new mom Giuliana knows just who she'll turn to when she needs advice: Kris Jenner!

"Kris Jenner is like my second mother," Giuliana, 36, raved to Us Weekly at a Wednesday TCA event promoting her new NBC series, Ready for Love. Calling the fellow E! star and Kardashian-Jenner family matriarch "amazing," Giuliana explains that Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian's mama is already doling out her best tips. "Kris gives me the greatest advice. You'll email her one question, one line, and she'll respond in four paragraphs. She's the most thorough, amazing woman."

In addition to prepping Giuliana for motherhood, Jenner, 56, is also encouraging Baby Rancic to be active in his early years.

"She sent the best gifts for the baby: the cutest clothes from Ralph Lauren, [including] Olympic polos from the London Olympics that have the Olympic emblem," Giuliana tells Us. "I thought 'wow, my kid is going to have an Olympic shirt from Bruce Jenner?' That's pretty cool. And she sent Baby's First Golf Clubs! Bill died when he saw that."

Source: usmagazine



Sometimes when you go to the zoo, animals act like animals. Like this Snow Leopard who caught a squirrel in its enclosure and starts eating it in front of the father & son. I actually would be saying, "Hey, that's awesome!!!" instead of this ridiculously irritating dad.

Sidenote: One evening when we were taking a family walk around the neighborhood, we saw a hawk perched on the top of the street light, eating prey it had caught. We all thought it was the coolest thing and stood there and watched it devour its prey. Since it was way above us, we couldn't really see the prey well. And then we walked down the street to our house and realized one of our backyard bunnies was missing and never to be seen again. O_o




And now for today's FAIL... Uh, I think I'll pass on the breast milk gelato and go for the... stimulant?


Flavor FAIL

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And today's WIN! You gotta give it to this family for their sense of humor.


Source: winblog



Hey, WTF?!! Thank goodness this guy wasn't our wedding photographer! "Greg as bride walking down the aisle" "groomsmen peeing on wall" ??!!


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And that's all the time I have for today. I'll meet you back here same time, same place tomorrow. Now, who has had banana ketchup before?


Banana Ketchup is popular in the Philippines.

Have you ever felt that the term “tomato ketchup” is a bit redundant? Whenever someone used it, did you replied with; “what other kind of ketchup can there be- banana ketchup?” Actually yes, banana ketchup or banana sauce is a condiment made from mashed banana, sugar, vinegar, and spices.

Its natural color is brownish, but it is often dyed red so that it resembles tomato ketchup. It was created during WW2, due to a lack of tomatoes and a relatively high production of bananas. Banana ketchup is sweeter than tomato ketchup; tasting more like Indonesian Kecap manis or Thai sweet chili sauce.

In Filipino households, it’s used in just about everything; omelettes, hotdogs, fries, fish, and other meats. It’s also a crucial ingredient in Filipino style spaghetti. Banana ketchup is widely exported; so if you live in a country with a considerable Filipino population (USA, Canada, France, etc.) but don’t have enough pocket money to visit an actually Filipino restaurant, give this exotic condiment a chance to grace your French fries.

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2 comments:

  1. YAY! I knew you'd love it & I think your Snappies (I just made that name up for us GITM readers)will love it, too. <3 Is is wrong that I cant stop staring at the shrink wrapped people? And it is JUST me or do most of the women seem to resemble blow up sex dolls? Also, I am sad that we didn't get a shot of the men in our wedding party peeing... damn.

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  2. Kris Jenner is giving Guiliana parenting tips? Does this mean in twenty years we're going to see a golden shower/sex tape of her kid? What the???

    As for the photography....it's certainly an interesting concept, but then again, heads in a jar (latex Halloween masks) count as acceptable art to me, so I'm probably not the best endorsement for said concept.

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