Silver / 2019 / Fine Art / Architecture

Présence obscure

  • Prize
    Silver in Fine Art/Architecture
  • Company
  • Photographer
    Xavier Blondeau

Presence obscure shines a light on the relationship that the individual forges with his urban surroundings. This series focuses on urban surroundings at night. There are places or situations, as the darkness of night gives way to the paleness of the wee hours, when despite its absence, a human presence seems to remain faintly perceptible beyond objects. This ‘shadowy’ presence, like the fragile persistence of a recent life, gives things another dimension. As if they had captured the stamp of human presence. One cannot go without the other. One has become the other.

Xavier Blondeau learned to use the capacity of photography to remove our shortcomings that block the expression of the urgent imagination by realizing his vision and ideas into the form of powerful artworks. Despite the remoteness of his many relations with photography in the past, their lyric and personally charged paths continue to cross and intersect.
While travelling through vast desertic places, Xavier Blondeau has been questionning the place of individuals in their environment. Since 2009 and apart from his activity as a teacher and a researcher, Xavier Blondeau has focused his photographic work on the individual. It is presented and structured in photographic series and aims at addressing that question very closely. Since 2011, he has been very active and present in many collective exhibitions and fairs. His work is about intimacy being revealed as his various photographic series unfold.