Currently, the incessant race prejudices and stereotypes grows exponentially, these faces create a mockery of that idealized desire finding the own beauty. There is no person more qualified and faithful for this, that a blind man who saying goodbye to his vision , seeks archaic and more reliable ways to read between lines and capture the true essence of being. The composition of the portrait simply a figure and a ground, looking for a hard contrast and avoiding external factors to eliminate any possible distraction from what is really important, “THE LOOK”.
Far from being a simple visual appetizer, this project tells the deepest intimacy of the look, creating a perfect prelude lights and shadows of those who can not see, making us feel the main character in the novel “Ensayo sobre la ceguera”.
Crude at the same time discreet, we are given the great opportunity to observe closely and stopped the devastating effects of blindness.
About the artist
Rubén Plasencia is a Spanish photographer born in the Canary Islands in 1986.
He is passionate about people and obsessed with portraits, his personal work is centred on projects dealing with social issues relevant in which the gaze enhances and intensifies in search of the essence of people.
Between 2007 and 2009 he studied image in Tenerife specializing in photography and after working for 4 years (from 2008 until 2012) as an assistant of photography, won a grant to realise postgraduate studies and was transferred to Madrid to study in the school of photography EFTI where he discovered the pleasure of the studio portraits, this is his preferred place of work.
His work has been selected in International festivals of photography like Defoto and Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña 2013 and exhibited in festivals like Fotonoviembre.
He currently lives and works in Tenerife, Spain.