ChrisBurkard

ChrisBurkard

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Have Camera, Will Travel. LDS•Photographer•Speaker•Director• FILM TOUR 👇🏼
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Almost 6 years ago I sat in bed for almost a month with a staph infection in my leg. At one point the medically resistant strain MRSA was creeping up my leg creating red lines... I had a small panic attack I might lose my leg. Somewhere between working in Tahiti & Nicaragua I had gotten a tiny reef cut that was exposed & untreated. I had a lot of time to think while I was in bed immobile staring at two quarter size holes in my leg that were connected by a tunnel the bacteria had bore. It was really scared. It made much of the petty things & opinions I dealt with on a daily basis seem pretty minor. At a certain point I made the decision that warm water wasn't for me, & decided to put my efforts elsewhere... It led me to explore places I never imagined I would, & experience pain in a totally new kind of way. The kind I welcomed. . . Pictured: @dionagius waits for the tide during the iceland section of 'Strange Rumblings' filmed by Joe G . A film that went on to win film of the year at Surfer Poll.

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I always thought I was immune to culture shock until I visited India. It was overwhelming in the best kind of way for a small minded kid from California. The part I loved most was that there seemed to be an equal amount of interest & respect from both cultures. Every time we would paddle out to an unknown break there would be an observer from shore watching for our safety. We searched for unridden waves along the southern coast, somewhere at a remote river mouth in the Kerala region @craig__anderson put on a show for the locals.

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Sunday morning in Vík Í Myrdal.

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It's a subtle balance of patience & fear. Suns gone ... it's getting dark quick. Everyone's paddled in & you know you're waiting for a wave that probably isn't going to come. This is one feeling everyone needs to experience once.

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4,231 miles from home. I knew right away it was important to come back.

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How every good day should start. . . My time at home is usually limited & it's often easy for me to get stuck behind my computer or in my office. Thank goodness for friends that ask you to wake up at dawn to show em your favorite spots. @roam

2 Days ago
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A beautiful view of the pristine California wilderness that was currently devastated by the Alamo fire. Totally 23,000 acres burned it was one of Californias largest this year. Whether it was naturally occurring or not, it's a good reminder that it's fire season & every one is responsible. A good time to brush up on Leave No Trace principles & wilderness responsibility. I know I am. . . This photo was taken on a friend's ranch during a commercial photo shoot. Plenty of hands to observe & extinguish our fire. 👌🏼

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So many gifts.

4 Days ago
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A behind the scenes look at 'Vanishing Worlds' a fine art show opening today at the @paulnicklengallery in NYC. This aerial photograph of a glacial river is easily my favorite photo of nature I've ever taken. It's on display along with others following the path from glaciers to the ocean. . . Today is the public opening at 10am. Book signing at 3pm and a Q&A with @paulnicklen & myself at 5pm. See you there!

5 Days ago
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An editor once told me the only way I would ever be successful in my career is if I moved to a larger city where there was more clients & more industry. There was a few years where I actually considered moving from the small town I grew up in to a place with more "opportunity". It never felt quite right to me leaving a place that provided so much inspiration & open space. At a certain point I accepted the fact that if being in a place that inspired me meant I was going to be less successful in my career, then so be it. I had met too many people that had made compromises for success only to realize they had a good thing going from the get go. . . There is nothing more rewarding for me now than creating work in the community I grew up in. Stay where you're most inspired.

6 Days ago
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I could stare at his photos forever. No other artist has inspired me to look at the world like @paulnicklen has. His photographs & stories are a visual history of some of the most raw & delicate environments on earth. I'm excited to join him this weekend to open our photo exhibit 'Vanishing Worlds' at the @paulnicklengallery in NYC this Saturday July 15th . . Please join us for a book signing & discussions on conservation & photography. 10am-9pm 3pm book signing of 'High Tide' 5pm Q&A

7 Days ago
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There is a hot shower on board but I've never used it.

8 Days ago
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Most of the hard work you do as an action sports photographer doesn't get much recognition. It's an honor to have this photo in the running for an X-Games Gold Medal. A competition I grew up watching. If you have a second, check out some of the incredible photographs and Vote for your favorite. . . To VOTE check out www.xgames.com/zoom - or check my bio link 🤙🏼

8 Days ago
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I honestly have no idea what's happening in these rivers but I love every part of it. Kerlingarföll is the place I dream of going back to.

9 Days ago
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Summer in a place like this has a very different meaning than other parts of the world. You can still get the occasional snow flurry or rain squall. And you're guaranteed to have the strongest winds of your life. The sun may or may not come out & it's pretty unlikely you will get a tan. But you basically have the whole place to yourself... and maybe a few Arctic foxes. . . Thousands of feet above the Greenland sea overlooking the distant peaks of Hornvik.

9 Days ago
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I've waited a long time for this... Excited to announce that this Saturday in NYC I'll be opening my first gallery show focused on conservation alongside my good friend @paulnicklen. 'Vanishing Worlds' looks at some of the planets rarest & most threatened ecosystems, like this Icelandic braided river featured here. . . July 15th will be the public opening at @paulnicklengallery in SOHO. 10am - 9pm with a book signing at 3pm / live Q&A with Paul & I at 5:00pm. Come join us!

10 Days ago
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I used to be pretty good at making excuses when the weather was bad. I never pulled out my camera. Took a long time to realize just how much I was missing.

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Experiences like this were meant to be shared. With almost 80 showings of our film 'Under an Arctic Sky' behind us I've never felt more excited to come to a new town & meet new people. Every showing has taught me something. Tomorrow we head to Durham NC, then off to Boston/ DC/ NJ. . . Come join for a night of storytelling & film. Tickets at www.UnderanArcticSky.com/tour or in my bio link ✌🏼

11 Days ago
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Friend or Foe? The more time I spend in nature the more I realize I don't fully understand my place in it. One thing is for sure... I need it a lot more than it needs me.

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See this place. It's called The Neon Canyon .. and well.. it's special. Took me years to finally get here and stare up into the Golden Cathedral. It's a place I earnestly hope everyone gets a chance to see & experience at some point. Not just a select few. Moving through this sandstone temple is akin to a spiritual experience for me. But we are at risk of losing this National Monument & many others. (Hurts to even think about) Places that are more than just American heritage.. they're sacred Native American ground & a piece of our collective history as humans. The most important part is that these monuments were preserved for you. Set aside as places to explore & roam. . . Regardless of your political stance these places are worth speaking up for letting your voice be heard- it takes seconds. Public comment is being opened by the @usinterior to let your express your opinion. Follow this link to comment bit.ly/2sZhQpt or the one in my profile. As always do your own research & form an opinion that is yours & yours alone. This is mine.

12 Days ago
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Loneliness was always meant to be part of the experience. Being surrounded by friends is great... but something has to be said for the importance of experiences where you are by yourself. Alone. It's scary at first.. even overwhelming. But growth wasn't always meant to be a group activity. . . (This photo is meant to illustrate... taken in the company of some amazing people)

13 Days ago
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My favorite thing to leave behind. 👣 I'm currently road tripping the East Coart touring my film Under an Arctic Sky with upcoming screenings in: MIAMI & JACKSONVILLE - FL DURHAM - NC ASBURY- NJ BOSTON - MA D.C. . For tickets & info check my bio link or www.UnderanArcticSky.com/tour

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Darkness & light will always be present. We often manifest what we seek out most in this life and it would seem that photographs are usually a good indicator.

14 Days ago
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Every aerial photo I've ever shot has been from a small plane or heli. This photograph is from my first time flying a drone. The experience was much different than I expected. In many ways I felt really detached from what I was shooting. There wasn't that rush of adrenaline that came from sticking your body out of a moving plane & feeling your hands go numb. On the other hand there's this incredible feeling of artistry as you pilot & shoot at the same time. All your senses are engaged & there is no room for error or complacency. I learned quickly that both disciplines require unique skill sets which I am excited to learn more about. The best way to stay inspired in what you are doing is to put yourself back in square one where you are a total newbie and feel the need to practice & learn. @adorama karma

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Imagine walking to the edge of these sea cliffs (some of the tallest in the world) and lowering yourself down on a handmade rope that's been dug into the soft dirt as a ground anchor. Your job was to collect bird eggs for food & trade with neighboring farms. With falling rocks, vomiting birds & failing anchors... death was common. Until the 1940's this was a normal way of life for inhabitants of Hornvik bay, until it was deserted and nature once again took over. . . Shreds of rope still hang over the edge and whip in the wind. Not in my wildest rush of adrenaline would I want to descend these cliffs. I stood here as a tourist really.. nothing more than someone who traveled far from home in hopes of experiencing a place that's raw, real & different from what I'm used to. The only thing I tried to leave behind was expectations. This is my second year visiting this remote part of the world. I walked to edge to gain perspective on a life I could never relate to. Maybe you will be drawn to do the same. . I shot this with a @sonyalpha 12-24 & A9 - 15th/ S F14 @auroraarktika @haukursigurdsson @visitwestfjords

15 Days ago
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Traveling to Florida tonight to kick off the East Coast film tour of - Under an Arctic Sky. Stoked to finally road trip from Florida all the way to NYC with stops in FL, NC,DC,NJ & Boston. If you haven't seen the film + slideshow now is your chance 🤙🏼 cannot wait to meet y'all!! . . Tickets available in my bio link or at www.UnderanArcticSky.com/tour

15 Days ago
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My friend @haukursigurdsson told me a story about a Polar Bear swimming out to him while he was kayaking in Greenland as a guide. It was either one of the scariest or most exciting things I've ever heard. Either way I can't wait to go for my first time this September. Excitement for a new experience / place is always the best when you don't know what to really expect. My favorite part is when you stop researching & just let whatever happens happen.

15 Days ago
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Blow it up... and clean it up. Happy 4th of July my friends! Celebrate freedom with those you love most! . . . @russell_holliday in the Nevada Desert.

16 Days ago
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Rhyolite is a volcanic rock with rich silica composition. It is known to form a kaleidoscope of colors in the mountains where it can be found. Typically young & active volcanos like those in Icelands highlands. Descending into this area felt like walking into the center of the earth. Kerlingarfjöll, Iceland

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I have this habit of almost missing flights on the end of a trip. It's seems more often than not the best weather is the day I depart. Many all night road trips seem to end with a pack-as-you-drive rush to catch my flight. . . My last trip was thwarted with bad weather all the way until the night before. These rhyolite mountains had been on my list for years to see, so with a few hours of decent weather and clear road conditions we headed out. But if there is one thing you learn in Iceland it's to never trust the weather forecast. We took in this view for 30 minutes before freezing rain set in & the entire area was covered in mist. You couldn't see 10 ft in front of you. As if nothing was even there. I've realized that one of best things about traveling is having something worth coming back for. . @_ryanhill_ @icelandair

18 Days ago
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90% of my favorite photographs are shot the hour of sunrise & sunset. But midday, when the sea goes dead calm in a place that is notoriously rough... you know it's special.

19 Days ago
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Happy Canada day to my brothers & sisters to the north. 🇨🇦 🤙🏼

19 Days ago
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You can look... but I don't think better roadside swimming exists anywhere on the planet. Best part is the water is granite filtered, clear as can be & drinkable.

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