Outside Online recently profiled Chris Burkard, a supremely talented adventure photographer and Instagram star who is, point blank, fearless. From surfing swells in Alaska to snorkeling Switzerland’s freezing Lavertezzo river, Burkard lives his life the way the rest of us dream about—and that’s exactly how he likes it.
“All I really care about is shooting photos that make people want to be there and inspire action…getting away from their desk or from school to see what the world has to offer,” Burkard told Outside. “That’s what images did for me as a kid.”
He doesn’t let his millions of followers get to his head, though—and he doesn’t let them dictate the places he chooses to go.
“A sad but real by-product of social media is that it can create an ever present need for recognition,” Burkard told Outside. “It has become more and more obvious to me how important it is to be in environments that humble you, scare you, and ultimately challenge who you are.”
Take a look at a few of his most humbling, challenging and awe-inspiring shots below.
When we started filming ‘Under an Arctic Sky’ there were so many Unknowns. Questions like; Would the cameras be able to film at ISO 24,000 & above? How would we illuminate the Waves? Would the surfers survive in the water at 1am in the dead of winter? The stress of bringing together a crew of people to create a film around something that was so elusive & rare (surf below the northern lights) was palpable at times. I wrote a blog for @eaglecreek about my greatest lessons learned & cameras settings from the trip. Check it out on their website & scope their new campaign ‘Find Your Unknown’ it was inspired by trips like this one. @eaglecreek #findyourunknown Watch the film now on iTunes & netflix.
Peace of mind. Many people have called Jökulsárlón the Jewel of Iceland… and if you have visited it’s glacial lagoon or diamond beach you know of its beauty. After a 20 year private land dispute the area has finally been purchased & placed under environmental protection by the Icelandic government & added to the Vatnajökull national park. Ive traveled here almost a decade & have seen the visitation swell.. but have always been able to walk along the shoreline & find a peaceful spot all to myself. Regardless of how you feel about tourism, protecting this natural wonder is a step in the right direction to educate those that visit & yearn to know more.
For some reason I ate a lot of sand as a baby. My mom would turn around for a second & I would have a mouthful. I grew up around dunes… they became a good playground. I got older & would slide down on boogie boards. Eventually spending weekends camping & hunting waves along endless stretches of beach. 31 years later & I finally have a photo that does its beauty justice. . . Thanks for rallying @tinkertintrailerco
Thanks for reading InsideHook. Sign up for our daily newsletter and be in the know.