22-year-old photographer Francesc Planes has an admiration for everyday bodies– ones with twists and turns we bypass seeing illuminated by cameras and bright lights. But for his latest photo series 'Normal,' Fransesc takes the opportunity to shine a spotlight on these physical forms, focusing on hairs, moles, marks and intricacies that make them every bit normal as it makes them unique.
In 'Normal,' Fransesc sets his subjects against brightly colored backdrops zeroing in on the natural state of their bodies, opting to shoot them nude as to capture them in their "purest" form. Questioning the boundaries we impose on bodies in their natural states, Fransesc explains to Dazed Digital:
"The importance of the project lies in the subjects’ bodies, faces, attitudes, and stories. I wanted them to be naked because it’s the purest way of portraying them – stripped of context."
Picking the models based on instincts, he gathers individuals whose physical appearances and abilities represent vast groups– from the heavily tattooed, to the one-eyed, to the hairless, the hairy and everything in between.
As he describes more in depth in the interview, "I think taking photos of oneself and being comfortable with oneself can make people see that being different is good and a reason for celebration rather than condemn."
Fascinated by taboo topics since his youth, Fransesc used the project as a way to explore the nuances of the body up close and personal, calling it an exploration of his hushed desires.
"I think the photos speak for themselves and the message depends on who is looking."
Allowing the photos to exist both on their own and also with context of the individuals and imagery, Fransesc assures the photos exist for the sole purpose of sharing his concerns and portraying imagery that he finds profound, adding, "I think the photos speak for themselves and the message depends on who is looking."
Using his camera to illuminate the voices of his subjects, the photos face us with reflecting on the images of others, but also ourselves. How much are we missing out on experiencing if we fail to learn to accept both other's bodies as well as our own? The answer is 'a lot,' but through exposure and exploration, we can find acceptance in what every body has to offer.