"I want people to drift away when they look at my images."
That's exactly what happens to me when I see the photography of Chris Burkard. It's the reason I started following his various social media forums; so that every now and then I get a new, fresh image of some far away, exotic adventure that he's on... and for a moment I am transported with him to that moment when his shutter clicked and froze a moment of time.
A self-taught photographer and artist, based in Central Coast California, Burkard’s images are punctuated by energized landscapes and moments of bliss, by adventure seeking and the lifestyle that ensues... often as a result of his constant searching for the most wild, remotest of destinations and offbeat landscapes. At the somewhat young age of 28 (I'm already 36 by comparison - man, I feel old!!!), Burkard has firmly established himself as a known name in the surf and outdoor industries, currently, serving as Senior Staff Photographer for Surfer Magazine, and contributing regularly to various international publications and is a project photographer for Patagonia as well as several other respected brands.
For an idea of exactly what sort of conditions Chris regularly puts himself through, and for some great insight into his philosophy of adventure, make sure to view the video on his main website page at the moment - a video collaboration with SmugMug Films, part of a behind-the-scenes series highlighting photographers at work.
If you want to slip away in an adventure that most of us can only dream about; make sure you follow this young man and his incredible, raw talent. Oh, and if you want to own a small slice of the adventure, Chris offers up a pretty decent collection of his work available to purchase online through his website.