He likes to look at what others are disgusted by
Francesc Planes is a 22-year-old Spanish photographer that uses his camera like a painter uses a paintbrush or a sculptor uses a chisel. Francesc doesn’t just want to show you the real world with his images; he wants to expose what lies beneath. He shows the things that most people will never see. Specifically, he wants to show you what lies beneath people’s clothing that they may be hesitant to show anyone.
His artistic, colorful photographs of body modifications, surgical scars, and deformities are things of wonder, curiosity, and discomfort. Francesc is obsessed with people in society who are otherwise looked over due to their differences because he finds them to be the most visually interesting people on the planet.
Francesc lives and works in Valencia, Spain, but he doesn’t plan to stay there for very long. “I want to see the world, live in another place and grow,” he told Vice i-D about taking his art on the road. He said that he would be deciding where to spend the next phase of his life in a few months. Wherever he goes, he looks for interesting-looking people to photograph.
He began taking pictures of people at an early age, but not everyone would do. He said that he photographed “mentally ill” people when he was quite young because he looked at them with “curiosity and respect.” It also enabled him to open up dialogues with them.
A Different Eye
With his latest project Normal, he wants to use people’s unique features, non-normative bodies, and body modifications to showcase the amazing differences between humans. He said, “The beauty of the different, the strange, the strange. It is a study of the human body and the magical and fantastic of it.”
He explained how he selected models for the project, “The protagonists of Normal disconcerted and attracted me in one way or another; I saw people with different traits or attitudes. When you see that in someone, something is activated inside you.”
Sometimes he will ask the models to scream before he takes their pictures because he wants them to “let go.”
He shoots his subjects with an analog camera. He claimed that with a digital camera that immediately shows him the picture, he loses his connection to the moment he’s having with the model. He focuses too much on how the picture can be improved, instead of the image he is capturing.
“The whole process involved in analog photography is much more romantic than digital photography. In addition, there is a clear aesthetic choice. I tend to have a predilection towards this format,” he continued.