Chris Burkard Collection
Growing up on the Central Coast of California, I didn’t have the opportunity to travel much and was always inspired by the ocean and the rolling hills around it. As a photographer, I think one of my biggest goals has always been to show locations and pay tribute to the landscapes we find ourselves in.
What inspiration does your photography draw from our ocean, waves, and beaches?
My entire photographic career began because of the ocean. I remember one of the most exciting moments was when I first got a water housing, or casing, for my camera. Shooting surf images from the water requires a deep knowledge of the ocean and the mechanics of waves, which only increased my fascination with our coastlines. Many of my favorite photographs illustrate the vast nature of our environment, which I first discovered from spending time in the sea. Anyone who has spent time on the open ocean understands that when they are out there, they are not in control, the waters around them are.
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