Chris Burkard isn’t a photographer first. He’s a surfer foremost, and an adventurer thereafter. And then a photographer. Put simply, photography is the resultant medium through which he shares his life experiences, which the California native has done for both brands (from surf and sports brands to airlines and other corporate entities) and publications (Surfer Magazine, The New Yorker, National Geographic). In the recently published Distant Shores — a handful of the book's images being exhibited in this feature — the self-taught artist explores and humanizes the far reaches of a world less traveled.