Kenji Hirasawa (1982, Tokyo, Japan) has always been fascinated by skin-ship, where people interact with each other through the sense of touch. This is due to the fact that the Japanese consider it polite to keep one's distance when communicating; they bow to each other instead of shaking hands in greetings. Therefore, it is very rare to feel other people's body temperature in Japan. In this series titled Portraits, he uses thermography to show the beauty of human vitality and to reconnect visually with human warmth. Kenji Hirasawa published his first book, Celebrity, this autumn. He currently lives in London.

Thermography was featured in GUP#31, the Experimental issue. To see more work, see our book review of Celebrity.