@chrisburkard / ChrisBurkard
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I used to think that secluded white sand beach's only existed in the tropics. Reserved only for those privileged enough to visit. Truth is - natures beauty is out there for anyone willing to suffer for it. These beaches were used to launch boats by fisherman for over 100 years. At one point these incredibly resource rich islands held some of the poorest communities in Norway.
from Å i Lofoten
One of the most complicated parts of traveling is this concept that you can become someone 'different' or ideally 'better' through the process of doing it. As if the planning, culture, photos, stories, summits, waves & food will in some way change you. But the harsh reality is that you can leave & come back the same ignorant person if you filter every experience by perpetuating what other people have done before you. Leaving no room for the unknown to occur (which is where the growth happens) I know this well... because I've done it many times in my life, always hoping I would be a better person through my travels. It took me many years to realize that that process of becoming someone better starts before you leave your front door.
from Planet Earth
A camera, tripod & head full of crazy ideas & thoughts. Photography will always be a way for me to filter a complicated world. . Shot using @gitzoinspires mountaineer tripod & @Sonyalpha A7SII / Sigma 20mm F1.4 10 seconds @ ISO 6400
I can never seem to get it right. Packing seems to be the hardest part of any trip for me. I've been in places where the summer months are the coldest I have ever felt... and others where winter feels dry & humid. For as many years as I've done this you would think I'd have it figured out. But I still stay up till 2 am the night before a trip unpacking & repacking my bags, looking for what I missed. This next week ill be taking off for trips to Greenland & India. You couldn't plan for more opposite climates, activities, cultures and parts of the world. Sometimes I feel like the hardest question you have to ask yourself on a trip is what do put in this bag! (besides Gummies) 😉
From this perspective you begin to appreciate the world on a really grand scale. Certain things becomes smaller & almost insignificant while your overall view broadens to an almost never ending level giving you a new appreciation for your surroundings. Regardless of the mode of transportation.. a 15 hour packed passenger flight or an open door helicopter.. the mystery of flight always gets me feeling some level of excitement for what I'm about to see.
Stay or leave. That decision always haunts me. At some point on every expedition you have to face that question. Weather, swell, resources, budget & sometimes the inevitable longing for home will make you question whether sticking around is gonna be worth it. I've had to make these decisions sometimes.. never easy.. especially when you know there's other people involved, each with their own goals & desires. That is the biggest crux of group travel in unknown territory. . There's never been a time where sticking around paid off more than while filming 'Under an Arctic Sky'. Download the film tonight on iTunes or Vimeo at www.UnderAnArcticSky.com my bio link.
Hurricane Irma has left a path of destruction that will be felt by many for years. For an unlucky few it will be a lifetime, as many islands like this one here are completely uninhabitable. The Caribbean & Florida need our help & we don't need to wait till it's over. It's a time for action.. more than just sending good thoughts & prayers to those in need. My friends @wavesforwater are on of the most legit relief funds out there that actually have boots on the ground helping people. They are already in place with their main effort to bring people clean water. Founded by my good friend @jon_rose years ago. If you're looking for a good place to donate, this is a good one to look into. www.WavesforWater.org 🙏🏽 . You are the answer people..
from Waves for Water
A little teaser for a personal project I've been working on over the last few months. A Van buildout that took me all the way to my roots in photography & asks the question ... "What is it about being on a road trip that seems to fuel so much creativity?" Full video coming Soon! . @advanture.co @prana @thule @goalzero @polkaudio @kammok @blackdiamond
Built & removed just for the viewing of the Solar Eclipse. This temporary Dome is one of my favorite structures I have ever photographed on assignment. Positioned perfectly for stargazing in an area void of light pollution, you could even view the Stars from bed. Some of the best things aren't meant to last.
from Terrebonne, Oregon
One of the biggest issues I've had to overcome as a photographer that travels the globe is to learn awareness of the issues facing the places I love & have dedicated my life to documenting. I cringe to think of the times in my life where I've photographed something purely for its beauty while failing to mention that it's under threat & in need of protection. Which is why my work documenting Iceland's rivers have been more than just an artistic endeavor for likes. . The latest issue that has been brought to my attention from the many passionate locals & incredible messages from people like you - is the potential for oil drilling in Norway's Lofoten islands as well as other neighboring locations. I cannot express the beauty & importance of this wild place & as always I hope you do your own research & form an educated decision. If you have been inspired by this landscape then I urge you to speak out as the window to be heard is now. . Negotiations to open the area for drilling start after sept 11 & the fate of this landscape falls upon the Norwegian prime minister candidates @jonasgahrs & @erna_solberg . Feel free to tag them in a comment expressing your position or express your feelings to them directly. For more info check out www.lovese.no
(Warning : Graphic) I reckon there is few people who can function artistically in intense & harsh conditions like @renan_ozturk . But even the best sometimes take a beating. In iceland while creating the aerial footage for 'Under an Arctic Sky' Renan & @taylorfreesolo were constantly dealing with dead batteries, frozen fingers & terrible weather. . At one point I realized we had pushed the crew a bit too far. After an all nighter & a long 8hr drive we stopped briefly because the light was amazing & we wanted to put the Drone in the air... nothing happens fast with an 8 blade drone carrying a really heavy camera... In fact we dubbed it the 'flying chainsaw'. Through some mystery of events Renan's 900 down fill jacket accidentally engaged the blades of the drone while it was right near his face.. everything that happened next was a blur.. a huge cloud of down feathers went in the air & Renan karate chopped the drone back to the ground pushing Taylor out of the way. We could see slices in his jacket & pants & knew right away it wasn't going to be good. . Quick deliberation made us realize that he needed a hospital because these cuts were deep.. no amount of crappy eyebrow bandaids were gonna do it. Renan ended up with 25 stitches in his knees & couldn't bend his legs the rest of the trip. With an option to stay or go home opted to finish the trip creating what I think is some of the best aerial footage of Iceland I have ever seen. By far the most inspiring part of this film was working with people like this. . To download & watch 'Under An Arctic Sky' - check my bio link or www.UnderAnArcticSky.com
So much beauty is missed in the process of getting to our destination. . An old friend with a new board on the Oregon coast.
#1 Doc on iTunes. From our entire team... Thank You So Much. This film wouldn't have been possible without your support. We self funded this entire film & crowd funded the film tour. Being able meet so many people & share this in person has been a dream come true. To download 'Under An Arctic Sky' on Vimeo or iTunes check my bio link or www.UnderAnArcticSky.com . If you're in Europe Tomorrow night I premiere the film in Stuttgart Germany & then Vienna Austria On Friday. See you there!
Almost 10 years ago I took on one of my first real editorial (magazine) assignments. Timmy Turner had almost lost his life fighting a deadly staph infection that had started chewing its way through his head. A routine training swim in Huntington Beach had led to a bad sinus infection... then a coma... and the last thing he remembers is waking up in intensive care with stitches in his skull. A pro surfer & filmmaker that had spent most his life in remote tropical waves in the middle of nowhere had now been told by doctors that he was most likely never going to surf again.... well in warm water at least. So he decided to do the most logical thing & devote himself to only cold water where the risk of staph was almost non existent. He spent the next few years exploring Canada, Ireland, Iceland and more. . I knew Timmy as a friend shooting in California & all the sudden I found myself sharing a tent snow camping & swimming in frigid water with him & a crew in northern Iceland on assignment for Mens Journal. I had somehow led the photo editor (who's still a good friend) to believe I knew what I was doing. I was completely out of my realm trying to balance shooting a surf trip with portraiture amidst capturing his return to the ocean & filmmaking in an honest way. . Today I still consider myself lucky to have been apart of that story... I learned more lessons that I could have ever imagined from Timmy & the whole team. Was I was the best person for the job? Probably not, but I realized I was willing to sacrifice & give more of myself shooting someone I respected & telling a story I cared about than anything else. @timmyturnerferal
I'm smiling so big right now. After two years of work our film 'Under an Arctic Sky' is officially available for download across the globe. I'm honored to present this body of work that so many people worked to bring to life. This film was never about us.. it's about the message of following what you love & embracing the mishaps along the way. . Please watch it, share it & I would love to know what you think. Download link in my bio or here: http://geni.us/UnderAnArcticSky . PS - if you can leave a review on iTunes or wherever you download I would be so grateful!
from Link In Bio
Some go to nature to simply 'get lost' ... others go to have their paths directed. On this day we did both. Time can't fade this memory of my first sunset shadow cast by half dome. A quick vision after climbing Snake Dike last fall. #iphone
from Half Dome