Wish You Were Here: Chris Burkard’s Otherworldly Visual Gift from The Faroe Islands
by Chris Dixon
I’m not sure whether my words could add anything to this photo Chris Burkard has graciously provided to the world via Instagram. So I’ll let this budding Arctic photo legend speak for himself. In his film “Arctic Swell,” Burkard says, “I’m a coldwater fanatic. that’s why I go to these cold, harsh environments. The clouds, the northern lights, it truly is beautiful – and epic – and surreal. Landscapes that come out of this North Atlantic Sea – that’s what’s really drawn me in.”
The above photo finds Burkard halfway between Scotland and Iceland shooting on craggy Danish soil amidst the Faroe Islands, a tiny emerald chain described thusly by Lonely Planet.
Adrift in the frothing swells of the north Atlantic, this mysterious 18-piece jigsaw puzzle of islands is at once ancient and very modern. Multicoloured cottages and grass-roofed wooden churches add focus to the grandly stark, treeless moorlands. Timeless networks of cairn-marked footpaths crisscross craggy layer-cake mountains. But even the tiniest once-inaccessible hamlets are now linked by a remarkable series of road-tunnels. And even as you bob around the dramatic fjords on a 70-year-old wooden sloop, your mobile phone is never likely to lose its signal.
Check out more of Burkard’s work at: http://www.chrisburkard.com/
Or enjoy a slightly longer visual feast with his film Arctic Swell – Surfing the Ends of the Earth.