Rudi Amedeus Blondia is a fine art photographer from Belgium who loves to experience life through his viewfinder and ground glass, capturing and documenting the world around him. Though Blondia doesn’t categorize himself as a “landscape” or “portrait” photographer, his recent emphasis has been on artistic nudes and portraits in the 8x10 Polaroid format. In 2013, after using Polaroid integral formats for pictures and sheet formats for image transfers on an off throughout his career, Rudi again experienced the magic of Polaroid 809 film with a box that had expired in 1991. The somewhat random nature of this expired large format film created an instant love affair for Blondia's experimentation with color shifts and varied textures.
Blondia’s passion is evident in his photographic process. He takes his raw images and uses darkroom processes to craft and mold the images until he re-lives the feeling and emotions of the shoot itself. His style is minimal in nature, creating space between his subjects and the background, easing the viewer into the story of his pictures. His work, saturated with emotion and wonder, documents each subject's beauty, complexity, uniqueness, and intimacy. The series of 8x10 Polaroid portraits explores his fascination with faces and how emotions are conveyed, especially between the often complex relationship of model and photographer, shifting through the emotions, reflections, projections, and the illuminations of heart and soul.
Blondia’s more-than-30-year career has taken him through many formats and and techniques, following his first exposure to photography at the age of nine with a plastic Diana 120 film camera. Twelve shots later he discovered that a boy his age would not be able to afford constant developing and printing. He put photography on pause and used technology and and music as his creative outlets. In 1983, he picked up 35mm photography for real, to support the documentation of his scientific developments. He built his first digital camera and developed software to help visualize his captured images. In 1991 he moved to Los Angeles as a special lighting effects designer for the music and movie industry.
Blondia’s branching out into fine art photography and portraiture started in 2004, when he assisted his then spouse at wedding and model shoots. He would set up lighting and shoot from the side. In a short time he became fascinated with female beauty and more particularly the way women see themselves in images, or react to them, in a variety of settings or moods. When the relationship with his photographer/model/make-up artist spouse dissolved, his photography focus shifted to fine art photography. He would still shoot fashionable dresses and made-up scenes, but what really started to drive him was fine-art boudoir, nude, and erotic photography. The tried-and-true process of having the subject pour her soul out to the photographer became equally important in his process. Blondia explains, “It didn’t happen overnight but I remember a gradual natural maturing process on how to work with women to translate their desire for images at their comfort level. It was a journey marked by working with exceptional women.”
Blondia’s work has been exhibited at the Center for Fine Art Photography, Carmel, CA, in 2011 and 2014 as well as most recently at the Raw Beauties exhibit in Amsterdam in June, 2015. When Blondia is not shooting instant film, he is working with a full frame DSLR, digital medium frame in 645 format, and negative or positive photo paper up to the 20x24 format. View more of Blondia's work at his website and Facebook!