My name is Devin Aadland and I'm from a snowy little town in Minnesota called St. Bonifacius. My father is a highly adventurous behavior analyst and my mother is a highly compassionate personal trainer. They created me and my older brother Dane who lives in Minneapolis.
I used to think I was going to be a professional skateboarder. I also thought I would be in a punk rock band forever. Both passions always seemed to push my love for photography and when I was 18 I moved away to Chicago.
I love to make images that take the viewer to a new place, whether a place of bliss and joy or horror and dark humor. I am a story teller at heart and create images that not only entertain but inspire. I see people as characters soaked in vibrant light and color and I create a hyperrealistic world for them to appropriately live in. I photograph people that are making an impact on a community whether with their lifestyle or with what they add to a community.
Outside of photography, I love organic gardening, woodworking, and most all homesteading practices. I consider myself a multidisciplinary craftsman focusing mainly on image making and working with wood often times combining the two in the form of set building. I also have a love for restoring furniture especially pieces with rich history.After graduating from Columbia College Chicago I spent two years traveling around the United States and the south pacific, working on farms, surfing, and doing a lot of general labor. I currently reside in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina working with creative eco minded folk looking to push creativity, and sustainability.
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