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.