Ctrl+P: Photography taken offline — Dustin Aksland

Ctrl+P: Photography taken offline is an exciting new venture at Catherine Edelman Gallery inspired by the hundreds of photographs we see on blogs and online galleries. Started in January 2011, CEG introduces Chicagoans to new artists we find while searching the web, exhibiting a small selection of one person’s work every two months, taking the pictures offline and putting them on the wall. It is our goal that Ctrl+P will provide further exposure for these photographers away from the glow of a computer monitor and without the temptation to click to the next link. We hope you will join us by unplugging from the internet and visiting CEG to see these photographs the way they were intended — in print.

Our latest installment of Ctrl+P features the work of Dustin Aksland. Dustin is a photographer born in Modesto, California and currently resides in New York City. His work has been exhibited in Brussels, Copenhagen, New York, Washington D.C and San Francisco. His photographs have been included in numerous books and published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Esquire, Dwell, Wired, and Fast Company. In 2008 he was nominated for the prestigious SFMOMA SECA Award. His images can be viewed on our website here, but don’t miss the chance to come in and see the work in person.

Sounds of the Soil

Sounds of the Soil is a photographic journey through the beautiful and enigmatic Rajasthan region of India. It’s a region filled with harsh climate and terrain, but is contrasted with the warm, fun loving spirit of it’s inhabitants. On my journey I met so many interesting individuals, but the subjects I was most intrigued by were the ones working this unforgiving land, and the entertainers roaming the dessert with their songs of love, separation, heroism and revelry.” –Dustin Aksland

Hotelier at Sunrise, Jaipur, Rajasthan , 2010
Tree & Kite, Mandawa, Rajasthan, 2010
Dancer, Thar Desert, Rajasthan, 2010

You can see more of Dustin’s photography on his website and blog.