If you've seen Napoleon Dynamite, you already know Aaron Ruell. He played Kip, the nerdy older brother who meets his soul mate Lafawnduh through an online dating service. What you may not know about Ruell is that he's also a talented photographer whose color-saturated interior scenes are funny, strange, and touching.
Most of the portraits show a single person — often a child — held still within an over-the-top room. The wallcoverings are dazzling: flocked green patterns, glittery wallpapers, rough-hewn logs, or wood paneling against heavy drapery. The people seem lonely and immovably fixed within their settings — one woman in a feather dress is literally chained to the sconces on the wall.
Ruell uses a Hasselbad 500, an H2, and a Canon 5D to shoot his portraits, which will be on view from May 7 to June 1 at Martine Chaisson Gallery. For more information visit MartineChaissonGallery.com or Aaron Ruell Photography.
Aaron Ruell at Martine Chaisson Gallery
727 Camp Street, New Orleans 70130
May 7 - June 1, 2011, open Tuesday - Saturday, 11am-5pm
Photos: Aaron Ruell