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Arem Duplessis, Gail Bichler, New York Times, Dustin Aksland

Arem Duplessis (Design Director) and Gail Bichler (Art Director) of The New York Times Magazine for Print. You can check out the story here:

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GO Magazine, Travel, Food, Dustin Aksland, NYC

This was definitely one of the most fun assignments I’ve had in some time. The MO was to join a family on an eating tour of NYC and document every meal they shared for GO Magazine. The kicker was the kids were 6 and 8 years old, and we were hitting some pretty foodie spots, no children’s menus. Jackson Heights for Indian, Chinatown for noodles, and the West Village for some fine dinning. You never know what you are getting yourself into when photographing kids, but I was completely blown away (and relieved) when I met Oona and Daphne. Not only were they fearless when it came to trying the food, they had the vocabulary to articulate their thoughts and the sense of humor to make the best of a dish that didn’t work with their palate. I encourage you to read the story here: When these little girls have their own show on the Travel Channel, remember where you saw them first!

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Monocle

George Lois, Monocle

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of joining George Lois for lunch at the Four Seasons in NYC. I was there to photograph George for Monocle’s “My Last Meal” column. George has been dinning at the Four Seasons since it first opened in 1959 and the day was filled with stories of the advertising world, his hate of Mad Men, his love for Miles Van der Rohe, basketball and power lunches with the likes of the Kennedy’s, Warhol, and Ali. It was definitely a day I will never forget and if you ever have the opportunity to have lunch at the Four Seasons, do it! Just make sure to show up with at least a sport coat on, unlike I did.

 

HHMI Bulletin

Loren Looger

Unfortunately Loren Looger is not “real” samurai, but fortunately for the science community, he is one hell of a scientist. In April I headed down to Janella Farm, just outside of Washington D.C to spend the day with the eccentric scientist, Loren Looger for HHMI Bulletin. I shadowed Loren on a typical day at the farm which consist of overseeing a crew of scientist, brainstorming new ideas to solve old problems and a little soccer thrown in for good measure. You can read the story here: Read More »

Site Update: Travel + Leisure

This past July I spent 9 days in India roaming around two of the finest hotels in the world for Travel + Leisure. I’ve done travel stories before but this one was unique because I didn’t leave the hotel for the entire trip. The best way to describe it would be Lost In Translation meets The Shinning. (Not the redrum parts, just the being isolated in a large hotel parts)

My brief for the job was to “do what you do” which is always the best brief one can receive. First thoughts after receiving the assignment were, how the hell am I going to shoot one hotel for four days? Well, I sure was wrong. As the sun was setting on day four I was franticly running through the halls of the hotel trying to get to the ideal vantage point to capture that perfect closing shot.

Even though the rooms, views, food and pools were amazing, my best memories from the trip were the times hanging with the young porters (aka my assistants) bs ing about motorcycles, music and cricket. Being in a hotel for 9 days solo can get kind of lonely, so it was nice to run around these massive properties with my new friends who were as excited as I was about finding that good light.

This assignment was one of the best of my career, but the real icing on the cake was getting the January cover. Thanks again for giving me a shot Whitney.

Here are a couple outtakes and a tear.

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Site Update: Le Grand Fooding NY

A couple of months ago a rare thing happened, the opportunity to photograph some of the world’s most talented chefs literally landed on my doorstep.

Food is one of my top five passions/obsessions and I must say I was just a little excited when I found out this years Le Grand Fooding event “Equisite Corpse” was going to be held in my studio’s common area.

Minutes after the chefs finished preparing their four course tasting menu, I ushered them into my studio and photographed them still sweating from the tiny makeshift kitchen they’d been cooking in for hours. The dinner ran consecutively from Friday night at 9pm until midnight Sunday and I spent most of the weekend camped out in my studio shooting around the clock.

Next time you are in Paris pickup a copy of the latest Le Fooding, or take a look at the images here:

You can also check out this video to get a better idea of the event and some behind the scenes action from the chefs here:

Site Update: The Indy Grand Prix

This August I spent four days at the Indianapolis GP with my father. The Moto GP series is the most prestigious platform for motorcycle racing in the world. The riders, teams and officials travel to 14 countries and compete in 18 races.They arrive on a Wednesday, unload and build the paddock Thursday, practice Friday, qualify Saturday, race Sunday and break everything down that night and do it all over again next week.

My father raced Moto GP in the 70’s and I spent a lot of my childhood in racing paddocks. This was my first GP in 5 years and it was planned as a father and son weekend not a photo project, but after arriving in the paddock and being consumed by the energy of the bikes, media and fanatics I knew I had to shoot it.

Having no media pass I snooped around as much as possible and focused mainly on the action that took place before and after the race. The fans and media are relentless (you must remember, in Europe these riders are up there with Footballers and Rock Stars) so I decided to take a step back and capture the frenzy. In the afternoon when the fans left and things mellowed out, I photographed the mechanics and racers.

These are some photos I shot while I was in Indianapolis having a great four days with my pops. Enjoy.

http://dustinaksland.com/the-indy-grand-prix/

Site Update: Sounds of the Soil

I recently updated the site with a new collection of images I shot while traveling through the Rajasthan region of India last Jan-Feb. I spent 5 weeks traveling all over India; New Delhi, Agra, Varanasi and Goa, but after going through stacks of contact sheets, the images I shot in Rajasthan spoke to me the most. “Sounds of the Soil” is my photographic journey through the beautiful and enigmatic Rajasthan region of India. It’s a region filled with harsh climate and terrain, contrasted with the warm, fun loving spirit of it’s inhabitants. On my journey I met so many interesting individuals, 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. Here are some snap shots from the trip:

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