ChrisBurkard

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

http://www.UnderAnArcticSky.com/

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There is usually a fine line for professional photographers between what they enjoy shooting & what they ‘have to’ shoot for a paycheck. It doesn’t always usually work out in our favor and we end up with hard drive after hard drive of work we kinda- sorta enjoyed making. I’ve done plenty of both and I can attest to the singular joy of shooting what you love for work, that has and will always be the end goal.

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Natural Bridges.

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This was the near the end of a 1,800 mile road trip of California that started in San Diego & took us through the Sierras and all the way to the Oregon border & back again. I’ve done this trip 3-4 times in my life, starting at 19 yrs old. I feel like I am just barely starting comprehend how much diverse beauty this state has to offer after all these years.

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No plans other than watching the shadows slowly creep into the valley. Things tend to slow down in rural Italy. A different pace of life some have even said. I welcomed it.

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Up in the Monterey cypress trees at my house sits a small treehouse. The previous owner built it as a kingdom for his kids. I intend to keep it the same, except for the occasional friend road tripping up the California coast.

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It was a seemingly mundane flight.. flat light and a blanket of snow can make even the most colorful and exciting landscapes fall flat. Don’t get me wrong.. anytime you are in the air it’s incredible, but I just wasn’t seeing it this time. “Just wait,” he said and as we turned the glacier a small opening of blue skies gave way to fading light. Then we saw this.. a volcano creating the perfect sundial. Patience truly is a virtue.

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If there is goodness to be found... I will seek after that. I've found the best & only way to judge people is by the good they put out into the world. Like many I read, view and take in a lot of content, news, comments & overall gossip that is really just... loud noise. Serving no other purpose than to distract you from what’s most important. The important things speak to you quietly.

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A landscape so diverse, you can barely capture it with a camera lens. On the left a climber rappels the svolværgeita. In the middle the town of Svolvær with its many blue lakes lines the coast. Far right the sun’s last rays touch the Lofoten skyline.

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That smile is the feeling of heading home after 26 days on the road between Greenland & India. The excitement of being back with my family & returning to my favorite season (Fall) is palpable. The smile says is all. . 📷 @snackfarmer

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Some of the most beautiful & unique rock I have seen and most of it climbable if you can bear the heat. India is a mind blowing landscape, but I never pictured this. Hampi showed us granite in ways I had never seen it before, large sharp crystals, smooth slabs & even water runnels formed by rocks swirling for hundreds if not thousands of years. It was a perfect balance of all my favorite types of rock features.
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Pictured above, @paulrobinson87 ventures into unknown territory on a climb we never finished. At the base sat 1ft of the grossest stagnant water I’ve ever seen & a dead crocodile. A beautiful climb left for another day. .

@prana

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I've never had a problem jumping into glacial water... but send me to the tropics for a week & the heat makes me go a little crazy. Shaved off all my hair today and even got my first straight blade shave from an Indian barber in Hampi in an effort to cool down a little. Not sure if it worked as I stayed drenched in sweat most the evening. Last night I dreamt of a chilly beach in the North Atlantic, needless to say I'm ready for winter.

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20 frames a second can capture some pretty crazy stuff. Normally I don’t share much of my commercial work I shoot here but this was too good to pass up. A Langur goes airborne while shooting @taian_a for @prAna 🐒
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Shot on Sony A9

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Today started with a car accident at 6 am. The rain came at 10, which created so much humidity the entire body started to chafe while hiking 7 miles through boulder fields . We ended it by getting attacked by a monkey gang & almost getting bitten. But dang I love this place & wouldn't have it any other way.
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This photo is pretty unrelated to todays events.. But it's peaceful to look at and that's what I need right now.

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A pseudocrater looks like a real volcanic crater in size & shape, but it’s actually completely different. They are created by hot magma moving across a wet surface & exploding a massive steam vent out of the earth. The airborne debris builds up to form a crater-like feature on the earths surface. How do we know this? Because it’s similar to what we can see on Mars. In fact it’s one of the only places we see these features and because they are so rare on earth that you can only find them in most juvenile of land mass'. Like Iceland which is still growing a few cm every year.

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Just finished watching the film ‘Life Coach’ .... it made me question a lot of things & take a good hard look at how I juggle work and the pursuit of what I love most. If you got 12 minutes to spare.. take a look. Thanks for this vulnerable look at your life Renan.
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Great work @renan_ozturk & @taylorfreesolo for directing this piece. Check out their profiles or google ‘life coach Renan’ to watch. Beautifully done 🙏🏽

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To the distant observer it can seem like total chaos. But amidst the hundred of voices all speaking at once, breaking waves and the tiny keyhole in the reef to navigate the boat through... you find a harmony that is beautiful to witness. This part of the world is a constant reminder that no matter how hectic it may seem - a group of people united can always seem to get the job done.
The swell was to big to allow our ferry to dock. So without hesitation the local Muslim fisherman took to the water to remove people (carrying many of the women & children), cargo and even a few grateful foreigners from the rocking ship. No money expected just a nod of the head followed by a smile.
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Shot on assignment for @prana

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At times we got a closer look at the reef than we wanted, occasionally meeting it with parts of our body under the pressure of a breaking wave. Amidst that chaos there always seems to be these moments of grace.
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Shot with a large over/ under fisheye dome port. Sony A9

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Love is literally everywhere if you know where to look. ❤️
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It is a bit soul crushing to be in an inspiring remote place in the world creating photos & stories that you are so eager & excited to share - only to finally turn on your phone & realize the normal vibrations & rings aren't just your average texts & emails but messages of those suffering back home. I send a message of love to those affected by the Vegas shooting & so much admiration for those who did what they could to protect others. I hope I could be so brave.
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For a brief season of life I spent a lot of time in and around LV helping one of my mentors in his photo gallery. Outside of the glitz and glamour of the strip there is an incredible people, landscape & community that I'm proud to know.

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Yes - I still get excited (like a kid) when I travel half way around the world to find a wave that's more myth than reality, 5 years of back and forth emails & scheming to chase a swell that may or may not happen. I've been off the grid in a small island in the Arabian Sea for the past week. Remote doesn't really begin to describe it.... I'm so sunburnt, my skin is leather. But luckily my stomach is intact & I cannot stop smiling.

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It doesn't take a genius to figure out what photographers favorite photos are. Just look at what they love most.
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Son & wife at home in Pismo Beach, CA last winter.

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Powder surfing through a mid winter storm in Utah. This year has brought along some projects that have straight up humbled me. Like trying to keep up with professional athletes in terrain I had no business being in. I've found that's usually my favorite space to occupy though. Where you're right on the verge of somewhere you don't belong. I had one day riding & shooting deep powder at Snowbird that will stick with me forever. Fun to work alongside a ton of other talented photographers this season for @collectivepass Thanks @gsiebs for showing me the way. .

#collectivepass #mountaincollective

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The film 'Under An Arctic Sky' is finally available online for download just about everywhere! Its been so exciting reading your reviews & receiving messages about the film's impact. I made it a goal to premiere the film as many places I could. Next week it premieres in Bangalore, INDIA & in TEXAS at @nlandsurfpark - 100% of proceeds from these events will go toward Hurricane relieve efforts. I can't express the gratitude in having a tool like this to support relief as well as inspire people. Thanks for all your support. For tickets & details check my bio link or www.UnderAnArcticSky.com
More global premieres coming soon !
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This photo used in the film was taken of legend surfer @joshmulcoy on an exploratory trip to Alaska years ago. Motion graphics by the talented @parkerrschmidtt

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Over the years the idea of living self sustained has become more & more important to me. Or maybe I'm just wanting to rely less on things I personally can't control. We run our office off solar, house from a well pump & leach field, raise chickens & ducks and in the past have grown many to most of our own veggies. What we can't make ourselves we try to borrow from friends & neighbors. None of it is easy.. ever & it won't begging to offset the carbon footprint - but its a start.
Its a process to constantly look for ways we can be less dependent on others for power, food & waste. It will never be flawless & its always been an investment, but its one worth making for a brighter future.
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This dome & other dwellings have always been a beautiful representation to me of impermanent structures leaving little to no trace.

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At first I was like: No Way!
Then I was like: Ok, maybe?
Then I was like: Let's do this!
Internal dialogue is the best.
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Thanks @marksolon for this behind the scenes moment of my first real ice bath. After 8 days @auroraarktika this is the closest thing to a bathtub we could find. #dadbod

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Spending 26 days away from home between Greenland & India is going to take its toll- but when my wife was able join me for a quick 48 hours in between I knew I had to show her what this country was all about, so we drove up north. I could think of a lot of reasons why I should've taken this two day break between jobs to rest, but there's really no excuse when there's views like this to chase.

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I've always loved watching the way each person interprets places like this... each unique in their own way. To some it's enough to just sit and stare, taking in all the details like reading a book. Others require a more immersive approach & physical touch is important for them to remember a place.

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If you let it... this place will change you. Not simply by it's beauty, but the fact that your very existence in a place like Greenland feels like a miracle. You appreciate everything. There is a reward much greater than photographs that you get from opening up your heart & mind to a place like this. Thank to all those that shared in this experience & to our captain for guiding the way.

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Some say it's good luck to jump into the sea at sunrise during the midnight sun. (At least that's what I told em)
1:34 am Greenland Sea.

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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.

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Some would say they're drawn to it, they just can't help but look. Staring 200 ft down to the Greenland Sea, over the edge of a once raging waterfall in the Westfjords @haukursigurdsson spies his father's boat in the distance.

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