Photo Inspiration: Surf Photographer Chris Burkard on the Art of Suffering

Sometimes great photographs come with a little discomfort

Chris Burkard is no stranger to pain. The cold-weather surf photographer has captured incredible images on isolated beaches where it's not unusual for the temperature to drop into the negative digits.

For years, Burkard has avoided shooting the traditional tourist-soaked surf spots near the equator where he started his career as a 19-year-old. "The more time I spent traveling to these exotic locations the less gratifying it seemed to be," he says in his TED Talk. "I set out seeking adventure and instead what I was finding was only routine."

His solution to stay inspired has been to trek to the wildest places he could think of to shoot—“places that others had written off as too cold, too remote and too dangerous to surf,” he says.

Watch as Burkard shows off his impressive surf shots and speaks about why it is crucial to be a crusader against the mundane.

Chris Burkard is no stranger to pain. The cold-weather surf photographer has captured incredible images on isolated beaches where it's not unusual for the temperature to drop into the negative digits.

For years, Burkard has avoided shooting the traditional tourist-soaked surf spots near the equator where he started his career as a 19-year-old. "The more time I spent traveling to these exotic locations the less gratifying it seemed to be," he says in his TED Talk. "I set out seeking adventure and instead what I was finding was only routine."

His solution to stay inspired has been to trek to the wildest places he could think of to shoot—“places that others had written off as too cold, too remote and too dangerous to surf,” he says.

Watch as Burkard shows off his impressive surf shots and speaks about why it is crucial to be a crusader against the mundane.

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