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

iPhone Summit views last night atop Steck Salathé. While sitting at the base of the climb we debated whether to bring the real camera or not... it seems like every time you do the camera never comes out or is just extra weight, but then every time you don’t the sky turns to fire & you’re just left soaking it all in.
I guess less time with the camera pressed to my face is a good thing these days, every detail seems a bit more visceral, and I’m forced to really take it in to preserve the memory.


Face muscles stop working pretty fast when you are in cold water. The excitement from this session could only be heard every so often when a guttural yell would come from each of us after a set wave. We were covered head to toe in 6mm of rubber, with a tiny circle for the mouth and eyes. We probably sounded like cavemen trying to communicate as we yelled back and forth with a partially frozen smile. I loved every minute of that session.


During the brief moments that the sun hit our cold bodies, Alaska felt almost tropical.


Navigating through dense ice requires patience and skill. The @auroraarktika moved at a snails pace, weaving through puzzle pieces of pack ice, forcing us to enjoy the moments of stillness where all we could do was wait, and take in all of our surroundings. When the wind stops, it was surprising just how warm it could be. That’s the beauty of this method of travel, you literally become a part of the environment, even if just for a moment.. @ritonkulous on the bow of the Arktika


After hiking 23 km over a Fjord in Greenland, the Arktika was a welcome sight. Arktika is a Dutch built ketch-rigged oceangoing sailingyacht that is fully equipped and certified to sail around the world. The hull shape is directly derived from the famous Colin Archer which is known for good sailing characteristics in northern waters. I’ve learned a lot about this boat during the weeks I’ve spent living on it. I don’t consider myself much of a sailor or even a seaworthy person at heart but I’m always happy to call this home.


Thanks for bringing so much joy into my life, especially our two sons ( and Alpacas :). I know I tell you this everyday but, I love you.
Happy Mother’s Day



Love your Mother. 🌏


It’s in moments like this that we allow our sense of wonder to overcome our fears.


The first thaw can be a pretty magic time. Rivers wake up from a deep winter slumber & slowly creep their way from Glacier to Ocean. In its wake, a literal kaleidoscope of color as spring begins to be revealed. This is one of my favorite aerial photographs of Iceland I’ve ever taken. Been back many times.. never seen it the same.


I’ll never take these things for granted. I promise.

Last light over the Pacific. #sonykandotrip
In the sky with my good friend @renan_ozturk


Who would have ever thought putting the camera down can actually make you a better photographer? Experiences first, photos second. It’s a simple recipe for how to come back with stories worth sharing instead of just hard drives full of images. At times it even requires taking less pictures & maybe just soaking in what your are looking at and more important what you are feeling.


This photo could speak volumes about our relationship with wild spaces. I’ll just leave it at that.


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