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ChrisBurkard

chrisburkard

Have Camera, Will Travel. LDS•Photographer•Speaker•Director

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Sharing one of your favorite trails with those you love has always been a pretty special experience for me. Last month I escaped work for a quick 1.5 day 30 mile backpack trip through Yosemite's side country. With a backcountry permit the world becomes your oyster out there. No more fighting for crowded campsites along the valley floor. . My little brother is leaving the US for a few years next week & we needed one more memory from one of our special places. We gathered a small crew of our closest friends & family and set out. This campsite ( with views of Half Dome peaking out in the background) was one of my best memories. I've found that where you pitch your tent isn't as Important as who you are with. Gonna miss you brother.
The idea that somewhere 'out there' is a wave breaking on a remote beach with nobody around ... on a tiny cluster of islands in a small bay is what keeps me up at night dreaming. Turning a literal 'what if' or a pin on google earth into reality is the best part of any expedition.  @danedamus
Imagine if all the Joy of summer in the Sierra could possibly be summed up in one photo... this may come close. . I cringe to think that some people's feet only step on pavement when they experience Yosemite.
5am this morning in Reine. I had dreams of hiking... but opted to obey doctors orders & give the shoulder a rest. Instead we watched the sun rise & rain squalls move through the deep fjord... I may have even found Half Domes little brother. . #iphone
More of this. Less of literally everything else. .  A really good memory. Thanks 📷 @snackfarmer
I always tell folks I started my career in a Van.. a 3 month road trip living in a VW Bus photographing California from north to south. It took me almost a decade but I finally made a dream project of mine happen (alongside some really creative people) I built my own. The novelty of living in a van wore off a long time ago. 😆 This rig was created with a single purpose, hitting the road at a moments notice & photographing the beauty this world has to offer. Whether it's with my kids or the guys I work with. I am releasing a video in the following weeks about the entire process of the build from what we used & fabricated to how we did it and ultimately why.  Stay tuned. .  @advanture.co @polkaudio @kammok @thule @goalzero @prana @blackdiamond @snackfarmer
One of the only things I had on my bucket list for Lofoten was to climb this beautiful feature known as 'Svolværgeita'. But instead my shoes & harness sat in my bag never to be unpacked. I hurt my shoulder protecting a water housing in the surf ... and separated my AC joint. So instead of climbing I sat with my arm in a sling & got to photograph my friends on this perfectly fun granite spire. The steep hike up with a heavy pack was probably the furthest thing from what the ER doctor meant when he said to Take it Easy & no weight bearing.  Wounds heal... Experiences like this come once. If at all.  @hvitblikk @marqswegge
It's amazing how all these colors can live in harmony. Each complimenting the other. Maybe someday we can learn to do the same.
Have you ever read a book you can't put down? Taking notes on the pages & studying it like a manual for life. The autobiography of 'Ansel Adams' has been like that for me lately.  He discusses The formula for creativity as being simple... 'A freedom from rules and techniques'. Are the results meant to be perfect? No. I don't think so. Nothing great ever begins that way.
Start your morning at the beach with a dip in the Pacific. End it with a hike & campfire in the Sierra. There are no better days than these. The close proximity of mountains & ocean are what keep me here. . The open space & open mindedness from where I was raised is what I'm grateful for most.
It's often you (the viewer) that comes to mind when I'm shooting photographs like this. I've gone to great lengths to bring scale & ultimately understanding to an otherwise foreign and undefinable landscape. While flying over these braided river systems, this small Piper Cub below our Cessna helped give a perspective for how large these glacial floodplains appear with the naked eye. Matching our speed as we created this image was almost impossible as we struggled to maintain a distance of 1,000 ft apart. I've never felt more sick while trying to focus through a viewfinder as our plane turned to reveal the ground below. . . A collection of this 6 year body of work is still on display at @paulnicklengallery in NYC as apart of 'Vanishing Worlds' a fine art show that looks at some of our most delicate landscapes. Signed copies of my book are also available.
What does it mean?
This beach changed my life. Amidst losing all feeling in my toes & fingers I had never actually felt more deeply than in this moment years ago. I learned valuable lessons about the important of risk, and the joys of enduring the cold on that beach. It's been a few years but I always knew I would return at some point. This Saturday I fly back to Norway for a quick trip to revisit some of these places that inspired me so long ago. It was even the basis for my TED talk & a big section of the memoir I've been writing.
Failure and success become pretty irrelevant when you realize that trying is half the fun. The other half?  Well... the view of course. .  @rannveigaamodt moves through space in Kalymnos, Greece. @prana
'Under an Arctic Sky' is finally available for pre- order! Releasing globally online Sep 5th. With 2+ years of work... blood, sweat, tears and 20 stitches (in @renan_ozturk 's leg) and we finally have something we are beyond proud to share! European tour coming soon! Check my bio link for more information or www.UnderanArcticSky.com. . Thanks to all those who have supported this journey.
It seems like most of what we shoot has a pretty certain outcome. In fact we often go to great lengths to remove as many variables as we can. The same location, same times of day.. even to the point of shooting what we have shot before hoping to see something new. I do it all the time. Over the years I've found myself drawn back to shooting in the Ocean simply because of it's pure unpredictability. In  a split second you can create something you never could have envisioned... because you simply have never seen it before. .  A water droplet creates a portal behind the wave as @petedevries drives through a Nicaraguan tube during our @clifbar trip.
In this immense glaciated landscape we humans are restored to our proper size.
Everything else is just noise.
The craters of Mývatn ... I had a dream about this place last night. Probably induced by the film I stayed up watching about cars driving across the ice that was filmed there. It's better in real life.
There is only a handful of really great nights to see the Milky Way throughout the year. Often during the peak summer months when the moon is almost non existent or just a sliver 🌙. These celestial events are always fleeting.. never still.. constantly moving. I think that is why photographing it feels so rewarding. You can literally count the hours its visible.
Let's be real... we all know who the real artist is. . . Unedited video shot on iPhone

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