Would you mind introducing yourself? My name is Chase Burnett. I'm a Journalism student and aspiring photographer.
Where are you from, and where do you currently live? I would consider myself from everywhere and nowhere. Growing up, my dad was in the Army so we moved around every few years. I currently live in Anchorage, Alaska and would consider Alaska more home than anywhere else.
Chase's Instagram - @chaseburnett_
How would you describe your style of photography? I absolutely love minimal photography with an emphasis on scale. Showing how small we are compared to the broader landscape is something I've gravitated towards as I've developed in photography.
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? I fell in love with photography in the middle of 2016. My friend Tanner (@tannneh) is an amazing photographer and his work inspired me to get out and take pictures.
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? One of my favourite memories is the day a group of friends and I were able to explore Denali National Park. My friend Dimitri was fortunate enough to win a pass into the park. This pass allows you to drive a personal vehicle the entire length of the park road. Any other time of year you have to take a bus in and in the winter the road closes completely after mile 3. We spent the day driving the entire 92.5 miles to the end of the road. It was one of the most amazing days of my life.
What inspires you to take these wonderful photographs? My inspiration has largely come from living in Alaska. Being surrounded by such beautiful and underrepresented landscapes has inspired me to capture and share them. I have also developed a deep passion for the outdoors in the last few years. I'd rather be outside than anywhere else.
What kind of camera do you use? When I was starting out I had a Nikon D3300, then a D7200, and most recently I have upgraded to full frame with the Nikon D610. I also use a Canon AE-1 for film, which I desperately need to shoot more of.
What is your editing process like? I use Lightroom for editing. I try to keep my photos as minimal as possible and usually only make minor tweaks. I want to highlight the scenery I experienced with my own eyes and not overpower it with heavy editing.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? Go out and try new things. When I was first getting started I had no idea what I was doing. Through experimenting though you will find what style you really love. Putting yourself in constantly changing situations will lead to creative evolution. That doesn't mean you have to travel across the world. When I got relatively comfortable with landscape photography, I reached out to a local wedding photographer and shot my first wedding. I wanted to challenge myself with something completely different. Complacency will ultimately lead to failure.
What are some of your passions/hobbies other than photography? I love any activity outside, hiking, snowboarding, really anything where I can enjoy nature. This love for the outdoors has gone hand in hand with my photography.
Do you have any photography related plans for this summer that you would like to share? Yes! This month I will be travelling to Utah for a week and then in June, I'm going on a 45-day road trip from Alaska through BC, the PNW and over to Virginia with my friend Dimitri (@smith_dimitri). I'm incredibly excited to camp every day and explore some of the most amazing places on Earth.
Who are some of your favourite photographers? I really love the street and film work of Joe Greer and the vivid landscapes by Dan Tom. My initial inspiration to get into photography was Tanner Smith, who I mentioned earlier. His work has continued to inspire me. Another big inspiration are my friends in Alaska. Although we go to the same places together, our pictures are always unique from one another. I love seeing other people's perspectives. Here are just a few great friends I’ve met in Alaska, @smith_dimitri, @bradcarterphoto, @theonicolau, @luke.konarzewski.
Are there any photographers here on Instagram that you love and wish more people knew about? I could make a list of hundreds of people I have met through Instagram that deserve a larger audience for their work. Here are a few: @zachtheleon, @whatwouldjewdo, @andylukacsormond, @sethgaffar, @francisque_s. There are so many more. I have been trying to share underrepresented photographers and artists on my Instagram story. So many have some of the most amazing work I've ever seen, but no one knows. I would encourage anyone reading to share lesser known photographers who inspire them.
Also, stay tuned over the coming months for our upcoming interview with Zach Leon!
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? I have seen a few photos from Scotland and the landscapes there look stunning. I would love to visit, especially since it isn't plastered all over social media like some other popular locations.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? I enjoy the minimalism associated with winter but I prefer the conditions you can experience during summer. Living in an extremely northern climate, winters are especially long. Summer offers an escape from the monochrome nature of winter.
Anything extra you would like to share? Yes! Myself along with 11 other incredibly talented photographers contributed to a photo book. Absolutely all profits are going to charity. Initially, the funds were going to the charity Our Kids Matter, but they have since fulfilled their mission. The funds will now be routed to the Alaska's Children's Alliance. The work included in the book is amazing and I'm honoured to have been included. Here is the link to the softcover version! http://www.blurb.com/b/8559820-twlv-17-softcover - Photography has become a way in which I can document my adventures and be able to look back on them in the future. I just want to say that if you're passionate about something, do it. It sounds cliche, but the only way you'll feel fulfilled in life is by doing something you love. Photography is not my full-time job but it's something I couldn't imagine not doing, so I put an immense amount of effort and passion into it.