Shortly after graduating from high school, Chris dedicated a lot of his time to another passion of his: art. He experimented several types of creative expression, but it was not until he adventured into photography that he felt genuinely inspired. He loved the fact that with this art form he could let his creativity flow in different environments and it did not take him long to find himself shooting his favorite setting – the ocean. Chris started documenting his surfer friends and eventually – armed with a waterproof housing for his camera – started shooting them from amidst the waves. The mix of adrenaline, weightlessness, and powerful sound experienced whilst shooting in the water became one of the aspiring photographers’ favorite feelings; he was hooked. "When I realized that I did not want to live with any regrets, I decided to go after my passion for photography as a career. I never wanted to wonder, ‘what if?'" Eagerly dedicating his time to improving his skills and shooting as much as he could, Chris managed to soon shoot images that went on to become appreciated internationally. He concentrated on capturing photographs that he personally really loved, which resulted in him getting less advertising jobs, but eventually enabled him to shoot amazing editorial pieces. Putting effort into capturing timeless moments, Chris’ career ultimately took off big time. This enabled him to travel to some of the most beautiful, remote, and untouched places on Earth: Iceland, Kamchatka and Patagonia just to name a few. The 26-year-old has since won numerous photo contests such as the highly coveted Red Bull Illume award, and worked for the most prestigious surf and adventure magazines in the world.
Today, Chris’ passion and admiration for landscape photography have helped coin his own unique style and composition. The unique feeling conveyed through his images has made it possible to instantly recognize a “Burkard photo”. He continues to shoot around the world and capture moments that motivate people across the globe to pick up surfboards and head for the waves.