If the wind wasn’t so cold I could be convinced it was the tropics. The swell wrapped in on both sides.. to the north, the sea was a dark blue giving a hint of how deep the sea floor was. To the south, shallow sandbars & white sand beaches gave off a greenish glow. Hard to imagine that this is in the Arctic Circle.
While digging through the rubble of their destroyed home my friend texted me this photo. It was the only book that survived (sorta) the Woosley fire. This Thursday night 6-10pm I am doing a film screening & raffle to raise money for the California fire relief. We will be showing The Dawn Wall Film along with live music & raffle items from @dometic @prana @kleankanteen . Along with a few of my large prints. . Please come out for a great night with good people & an even better cause. Tickets in my bio! www.ChrisBurkard.com/workshops
I owe a lot to the work of @paulnicklen . My library just got a welcomed addition... I just got my copy of ‘Born to Ice’ ... it was an early Christmas present to myself. Paul’s work has always been an inspiration since I saw it grace the pages of Nat Geo so many years ago. They were otherworldly and in many ways inspired much of my early travels to the arctic. This book does more than just fill your life with beautiful images but much needed tales of conservation. Check it out at @paulnicklen and of course .. do yourself a favor and give him a a follow.
I was never a great photojournalist. It always affected me more than It should have being immersed in the hard to tell human stories. Often times I would take too much of the story home with me. But I tried at times to include what I loved about culture & the human experience into surf photography. This was on the shores of southern India. A remote river-mouth gave us some of the best 3 days of surf I have seen.. but none of that compared to watching a thousand men manually pull fish from the sea with their hands & handmade nets. Blood & sweat would mix with the salt water as they tirelessly pulled ropes for hours (literally hours) . Hundreds of fish would be pulled through the lineup.. churning through the breaking wave forcing us to stop and watch in awe as thousands of years of culture would be revealed before us. What I loved about this image was the man far right.. stopping for a second to stare at the wave.. as if maybe he saw what I saw. A perfect left handed peeling it’s way through an otherwise empty lineup.
Mistakes can often be pretty beautiful. Like water drops accidentally left on the water-housing port. I often wonder what happens to our creativity if we don’t allow ourselves the opportunity to potentially miss a shot in an effort to create something new. @michaeldunphy years back.
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What is the most common mistake young photographers make? In my opinion most photographers at a certain point convince themselves they have to shoot ‘everything’ to be successful. This couldn’t be further from the truth... Every talented photographer that I know has become successful because they have learned to specialize in something. In essence they try & become the best at what they do.. Not ‘decent’ at a lot of things. Ultimately you are hired & sought after by clients, magazines etc because you bring something to that table that nobody else does. You never want to be sought out simply because you have a camera & can do the job. When I talk to magazine editors the feeling is the same.... Every time we look through a photographers portfolio who hasn’t found their style they often try to convince themselves & everyone else they can do it all. In the long run it dilutes their best work. These are some of my favorite subjects to discuss in my photography workshops. Tomorrow i’m teaching in SAN DIEGO, then LOS ANGELES on friday. Details in my bio.
Trollfjord. It was one of the places I wrote down in a journal after my first trip to Norway. “Must see this place” was written next to it. Years later I finally got the weather window & we were let in this tiny bay. The tiny speck in the bay is our boat, The Valiente. @seilnorge
It’s good not to grow up. It’s even better to remember why you did these things as a kid in the first place. Sometimes just a simple “I dare ya” is enough for me. Good times today @christopherblevs you have mastered the art of having fun. @embryrucker @chrisriekert
Arctic circle Norway. We sailed just over 210 nautical miles early this October along the entire Lofoten wall, a massive chain of steep granite islands situated in the Arctic Circle. It was an expedition that @matsgrimseth & I hatched after planning for over a year. I’m not gonna sugar coat it... it was 8 days of sideways rain, Katabatic wind and tumultuous seas... I barely slept.. many could barely eat. Luckily I’ve spent enough time in these conditions that I’ve learned how to activate my selective memory... it helps to really focus on the moments like this.