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2017-08-16 13:53:46
 
chrisburkard 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.
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@advanture.co @polkaudio @kammok @thule @goalzero @prana @blackdiamond @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
 
2017-08-14 18:58:22
chrisburkard It's amazing how all these colors can live in harmony. Each complimenting the other. Maybe someday we can learn to do the same.
It's amazing how all these colors can live in harmony. Each complimenting the other. Maybe someday we can learn to do the same.
2017-08-13 20:11:39
 
chrisburkard 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.
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.
 
2017-08-13 11:58:12
chrisburkard 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.
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.
2017-08-12 12:46:07
 
chrisburkard 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.
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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.
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.
 
2017-08-11 13:34:41
chrisburkard What does it mean?
What does it mean?
2017-08-10 18:05:30
 
chrisburkard 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.
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.
 
2017-08-09 22:57:04
chrisburkard Failure and success become pretty irrelevant when you realize that trying is half the fun. The other half?  Well... the view of course.
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@rannveigaamodt moves through space in Kalymnos, Greece. @prana
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
2017-08-09 14:10:20
 
chrisburkard '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.
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Thanks to all those who have supported this journey.
'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.
 
2017-08-09 01:38:55
chrisburkard 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.
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A water droplet creates a portal behind the wave as @petedevries drives through a Nicaraguan tube during our @clifbar trip.
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.
2017-08-08 13:25:58
 
chrisburkard In this immense glaciated landscape we humans are restored to our proper size.
In this immense glaciated landscape we humans are restored to our proper size.
 
2017-08-07 22:06:42
chrisburkard Everything else is just noise.
Everything else is just noise.
2017-08-07 16:04:54
 
chrisburkard 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.
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.
 
2017-08-06 18:13:41
chrisburkard 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.
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.
2017-08-05 14:13:45
 
chrisburkard It's amazing how we have learned to make one good memory last for a very long time. Selective memory at its finest. .
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@forrestshearer shot in Nicaragua for @clifbar
It's amazing how we have learned to make one good memory last for a very long time. Selective memory at its finest. . . @forrestshearer shot in Nicaragua for @clifbar
 
2017-08-04 14:08:17
chrisburkard I wouldn't be where I am today without an amazing team. My favorite thing is to bring these creative visions to life, but with the commercial projects we take on there's always a lot of people behind the scenes that make it work and probably don't get enough credit...If it wasn't for @russell_holliday 1st assistant, @_ryanhill_  Photo Editor & @mikeysandifer operations manager (and all those who came before) none of these jobs would be nearly as successful...or fun. It's this collective effort that makes so much of what we do possible. Even from the beginning stages of planning months ahead, scouting & ultimately final execution, these guys are always putting in the long hours it takes to pull these projects off... Some of the most talented people I have ever been able to work with. .
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Shot for @prana catalog  in Greece last fall.
I wouldn't be where I am today without an amazing team. My favorite thing is to bring these creative visions to life, but with the commercial projects we take on there's always a lot of people behind the scenes that make it work and probably don't get enough credit...If it wasn't for @russell_holliday 1st assistant, @_ryanhill_ Photo Editor & @mikeysandifer operations manager (and all those who came before) none of these jobs would be nearly as successful...or fun. It's this collective effort that makes so much of what we do possible. Even from the beginning stages of planning months ahead, scouting & ultimately final execution, these guys are always putting in the long hours it takes to pull these projects off... Some of the most talented people I have ever been able to work with. . . Shot for @prana catalog in Greece last fall.
2017-08-03 15:11:52
 
chrisburkard Our award winning film 'Under an Arctic Sky' is coming to Europe for a 10 City Tour Aug 28- Sep 8. I'm excited to personally visit every city & present the film + slideshow + Q&A. 
For tickets check my bio link or here: www.UnderanArcticSky.com/tour .
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*limited tickets available
Film is showing at other European cities at film festivals.
Our award winning film 'Under an Arctic Sky' is coming to Europe for a 10 City Tour Aug 28- Sep 8. I'm excited to personally visit every city & present the film + slideshow + Q&A. For tickets check my bio link or here: www.UnderanArcticSky.com/tour . . *limited tickets available Film is showing at other European cities at film festivals.