At its core, a photograph is simple. A one-dimensional reproduction of what the human eye would, or could, see. But therein lies the hidden alchemy behind a beautiful image. Literally meaning “drawing with light,” a photograph is only as “good” as the vision of the person holding the camera. Take a gander at the photography of BD Ambassador Chris Burkard, and you’ll see that magic unfold before your eyes.
As an adventurer and athlete, it’s clear that Chris can hike, bike, run, and climb to a vantage point that offers a unique perspective. But there’s also something that happens between the moment he spies the line and the second his shutter clicks.
On a recent assignment for Black Diamond, Chris took his camera on a trek through the braided rivers and mountains of Iceland—his indelible muse for photography. He returned with a suite of images that leave the viewer with the insatiable need to get out and go for a hike.
It was on this trip that we set out to capture those fleeting moments before Chris lifts his lens to press the shutter. We wanted to discover how the magic happens.
At one point, Chris talks about finding a “flow” while he’s creating.
“The photographer, the camera, the talent, and the location are all in sync,” he says.
In this film, we bear witness to that flow and are offered a behind the scenes look at Chris’s vision—the vision of an artist who draws with light.