Bio - Michael Burkhardt

"The mountains are calling and I must go." - John Muir


My love for adventure, exploration, and nature started when I was young. There was always something about the photos and images I saw in magazines, print, and newspapers that excited me to get outside. I longed to see with my own eyes and to explore every square mile of the wild that I could. My personal goal: Visit all of those places and capture the light, color, texture, and beauty using my creative skills as an artist in order to share with others. My photographic journey began in the fall of 2002. Broke and hard up to find a job using the undergraduate degree I had just earned, my father and I took a spur of the moment road trip to Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Sequoia, and Yosemite National Parks. I couldn't see enough or shoot enough film in my little point-n-shoot camera. There was no going back from that point; my love for the beauty of the wild places here in America caught fire. What started as a love of what the National Park system had to offer grew into journeying to places outside of the NPS. I began exploring national forests, state parks, wilderness areas, cityscapes, and even seeing the beauty often passed by that surrounds us day to day. Anywhere I could hike or walk and put down my tent and tripod, I was happy. As I mentioned above, I started taking images with a simple advantix point-n-shoot camera, and over the past 10+ years that's morphed into digital photography advancing in gear and knowledge. Amazingly all of my photography skills have been self-taught through reading, experimenting, and the most important aspect: getting out in the field and shooting. What began as a passion for the outdoors has grown into a personal focus on the peace that comes with spending time in wild places, the importance of remember that life is an adventure, and the importance of conservation and leave no trace principles. I appreciate you taking the time to read a little piece of my story. I hope that you find an image that inspires you, brings back a memory, or challenges you to create new ones.

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