Montreal, Canada, 2014-02-27 -
Montreal photographer Nicolas Ruel was chosen to appear alongside famous artists and fashion photographers to showcase their works in the travelling international exhibition devoted to Jean Paul Gaultier, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, during its stop in London, at the Barbican Art Centre, from April 9th to August 25th, 2014.
"Nicolas Ruel has a young and refreshing eye that is very different from most photographers. His pictures have an artistic tone that goes beyond simple fashion photography. The quality of his work compares to the same level as those from Andy Warhol, Pierre and Giles or David Lachapelle that we selected for the exhibition," states Thierry-Maxime Loriot, Curator at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Jean Paul Gaultier in 8 seconds The photography that will be displayed in London is part of a series created at the Jean Paul Gaultier fashion house in Paris. Struck by the originality of Nicolas Ruel's work, Thierry-Maxime Loriot asked him to set up a photo shoot in the French couturier's workshop in Paris.
On this occasion, the photographer used a double exposure technique, thus paying tribute to the duality that prevails in the world of Jean Paul Gaultier.
8 seconds, a work in movement. Well before being asked to undertake this photo shoot in Paris, Nicolas Ruel imagined using this new shooting skill to achieve a major body of work called "8 seconds", in reference to the shutter speed that was selected. Since 2007, he has been refining an in camera double exposure technique, where with a quick swivelling motion of his device, a second plan is overlaid on a main subject enhancing a new dimension. Collecting the prints taken between 2007 and the fall of 2014 in some sixty cities across forty different countries, this project seeks to offer an unseen urban look of the world.
Architecture and life are combined to form moving compositions that enrich our perspectives on the juxtaposition of facets from the same reality. The photographer prefers shooting during the day in places that are suitable for meetings and exchanges (church, library, train station, stadium...), thanks to astronomy film.
About Nicolas Ruel Professional photographer specialising in architecture and the field of culture, Nicolas Ruel displayed his first exhibit in 2005 entitled "Inox", a collection of large format prints on stainless steel. This type of exhibit became his signature and inspired other series including "Elements", "Carnival" and his current project "8 seconds".
His artistic approach reveals a pronounced taste for colours, textures and materials, which brings out the beauty by playing on perspectives and camera angles. His double exposure technique allows him to develop real movement aesthetics formed from the fusion of the images captured.
Nicolas Ruel’s works have been featured in solo and group exhibitions as well as contemporary art fairs in Canada, Europe, and the United States. They can be seen in numerous public and private collections, including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Power Corporation and Rothschild Investment Banking.
Nicolas Ruel is featured in Europe at the Galerie Seine 51 (Paris) and at the Galerie de Bellefeuille (Montreal) in North America.
GAULTIER Official name of the project: Maison Gaultier Location: Maison Gaultier, Paris Stylist : Thoaï Nidareth Hairstyle and Makeup: Asami Kawai Models: Tanel Bedrossiantz, Agence Marilyn: Michelle Buswell, Bo Don Assistants : Thomas Louapre, Yonathan Kellerman Photo editing & Calibration: Frédérick Duchesne
LONDRES Official name of the project: 8 secondes Location: Londres Assistant : Mikael Eliasson Photo editing & Calibration: Frédérick Duchesne