Looking back, it seems the compulsion to photograph has been the main force driving me through life. I have been shooting photographs now for over 20 years, experiencing and sharing in the lives of my friends. The camera was always there to document their every move. From Alaska to Chile, from Japan to the Czech Republic, I shared moments more intimate than I ever thought possible. I discovered visionaries thinking, painting, reading, and laughing. I paused in fleeting moments to forever capture cityscapes at twilight, sunrises on beaches, and sunsets atop mountains.
Being on the road, documenting the life of snowboarding, was sometimes a struggle, but I have been truly blessed. We crisscrossed the globe to hop on snowcats, to soar in helicopters, ride chair lifts, and hike through some of the harshest environments on earth. I was photographing the whole time, following the greats of snowboarding, and being inside their personal lives. Craig, Terje, Jamie, Tex, the list goes on. We all shared so much.
This book is a result of those experiences, created in part to expose the roots that spurred the astonishing growth of snowboarding. It is the story of my youthful adventures of discovery, adventures made while documenting the youthful discoveries of others.
These pages are about days in the dark, waiting for the blue bird day, waiting to be discovered. These pages are about wondering what hides beyond the bend, what waits over the ridge. They speak of much more than just snowboarding as sport. This book is about journeys...
Black & White, 208 pages, hardcover.
Chris Brunkhart has been photographing for over 25 years. He started his career at a newspaper in Chicago and eventually found his home in Portland Oregon. Around 1991 he got involved in snowboarding in it's infancy. Becoming a senior photographer for Snowboarder and TransWorld magazines, he shot with Craig Kelly and Jamie Lynn, Terje Haakonsen and Matt Donahue, and a host of others From Chile to Alaska, and Japan to Mt. Baker. He has seen six continents, finding the beauty not only in the mountain, but also in the people he has met, the cities he has visited, and the cultures he has encountered. He was one of the founders of The Movement snowboards and Frequency magazine. In 1996, Chris published, "The Creedle Chronicles" with Volcom, and 3 years later released the cult snowboard movie, "The Walrus Dreams." Chris has released his first book, "How Many Days in the Dark?" a retrospective of his time on the road with snowboarding. Currently he is working on new films with Matt Donahue, and the artist collective known as GAMAfunction.