A treat for any and all with a bent for adventure and creative expression, today’s guest is one of my very favorite visionaries of images still and moving.
Meet Chris Burkard.
A true artist in many forms, Chris is a photographer, filmmaker, world explorer, accomplished endurance athlete (last year he set the record for fastest man to circumnavigate Iceland by bike), dirtbag surfer extraordinaire, author, creative director, father, and man of faith.
But first and foremost, Chris is a storyteller —best known for his photojournalistic, humanizing approach to the farthest expanses of the Earth and capturing stories that inspire humans to consider our relationship with nature, while promoting the preservation of wild places everywhere.
Chances are you follow Chris on Instagram — stacked with breathtaking landscapes and tales of adventure, his feed is a unique portal into other worlds that magnetizes 3.6 million people daily.
Well established as a leading creative and man of global influence by the ripe age of 32 (now 34), Chris’ visionary perspective has earned him opportunities to work on global, prominent campaigns with Fortune 500 clients and brands like Apple, The North Face, Patagonia, Microsoft, Burton, Capitol Records, Quiksilver, and REI to name but a few.
”If I had to say my entire life goal in one sentence, it would be to tell meaningful stories.CHRIS BURKARD
He’s spoken on the main TED stage, designed product lines, and published a growing collection of gorgeous books including, California Surf Project, At Glacier’s End, Boy Who Spoke To The Earth (children’s book), Distance Shores, and and High Tide: A Surf Odyssey.
Chris’ lates offering is Unnar — a short documentary that tells the story of Chirs’ friend Ellii, an Icelandic photographer, surfer, and kayaker whose perspective changed after surviving a near death experience. Premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival, Unnar is now freely viewable on Chris’ YouTube page. Don’t miss it.
Today Chris shares his story.
I’ve been a huge fan and admirer of Chris for ages. This conversation was long in the making — and does not disappoint.
It’s a conversation about being present in the moment. Making art out of suffering. Taking big risks. And what’s behind his love affair with Iceland.
In order to achieve growth, you have to pursue discomfort.
– CHRIS BURKARD
It’s also a glimpse into the creative mind of a true artist, laced with potent life lessons that will leave you thinking more broadly about your own path.
But most importantly, it is about crusading against the mundane — and living a wanderlust lifestyle.
Chris is a very special human. We need more like him. I greatly appreciate his openness and perspective. And my hope is that this exchange will strengthen your reverence for the outdoors — and inspire your own impulse for adventure.
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- Connect with Chris: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Shop
- Film: Unnur
- Film: Under An Arctic Sky
- Book: Distant Shores: Surfing the Ends of the Earth
- Book: The California Surf Project
- Book: High Tide: A Surf Odyssey
- Book: Boy Who Spoke To The Earth
- TED: The joy of surfing in ice-cold water
- Surfline: Chris Burkard’s New Film, ‘Unnur’ — An Icelandic Surf Saga
- Iceland Monitor: Chris Burkard Sets Record in WOW Cyclothon
- Síminn Cyclothon: siminncyclothon.is
- Creative Live: The Outdoor Photography Experience
- Surfer: Chris Burkard
- Outside: The Wild Life of Instagram Star Chris Burkard
- Outside: How to Become a Better Travel Photographer at Home
- Iceland Monitor: Burkard, Followed by Millions, Bikes Across Iceland
- CNN: These otherworldly photographs warn of Iceland’s disappearing rivers
- Reykjavík Grapevine: Across Iceland (Literally) By Bike In Nine Days
- On: Q&A with superstar photographer Chris Burkard
- InsideHook: Photographer Chris Burkard Wants You to Travel Differently After Quarantine
- Gear Junkie: Raising Kids Outside: Parenthood, Surfing, Thrills, and Balance
- Book: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
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Thanks to Jason Camiolo for production, audio engineering and show notes; Margo Lubin and Blake Curtis for video, editing and graphics; portraits by Ali Rogers; and theme music by Tyler Piatt. Trapper Piatt & Hari Mathis.
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