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Christopher Kerksieck  Photographer — Portland, Ore. Inquire: hello@chriskerksieck.com

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Early signs of summer in Mt. Rainier National Park. In the coming weeks (whenever I feel like I can communicate it accurately) I want to attempt to open up socially about a few aspects of my life I've recently discovered. It hasn't been easy to come to terms with and I believe we can feel the most alone in our darkest times. So relating, even on an acute scale to some of you might ease some of the anxiety I've been feeling towards myself.

Fond memories of surfacing giants. Colors that could trick you into believing you were on another planet. Hard to imagine being anywhere else, but here I wait with a lot on my mind and even more space.

Find what you love and let it kill you. Let it drain you of your all. Let it cling onto your back and weigh you down into eventual nothingness. Let it kill you. For all things will kill you, both slowly and fastly, but it’s much better to be killed by a lover. — Falsely yours.

Sometimes a couple of days can feel like an eternity. One, Instagram has been compressing my images so badly that it's been quite discouraging — and it hasn't changed. Two, I recently made some discoveries regarding my mental health that change how I am able to cope and organize thoughts and challenges. Only up from here friends. This was taken on medium format film in Iceland.

From a beautiful morning in a Oregon with some visiting friends. I don't really care how much it's been photographed or sought out, it's still pretty damn insane to me that I live 45 minutes away from these views.

Happy Mother's Day Mom. The universe can't begin to comprehend how important you are to myself and my siblings. I hope your day is filled with happiness and that you are surrounded by the ones who love you most. For the next week, 100% of all print sales will be donated to the DBSA: Depression & Bipolar Alliance. It's a battle my mom and I have faced together as I've grown up and making a sizable donation would mean the world to me. Link is located in my profile to purchase.

Communicating what I'm feeling in an accurate way is one of my biggest insecurities as a human being but I'm going to try my best to speak on some feelings I've had lately. Not relating with others in the creative community around me would be quite the understatement. Often I make fun of Instagram culture but I think it's become an unchallengeable faith. I've had many conversations with friends where they negatively speak on somebody on this platform but would act immediately on the chance to hangout with them. At the end of the day it becomes a campaign for us to inauthentically benefit off one another. One example: I remember looking at a post and attached was a heartbreaking caption about a lost pet. Most of the comments said "how adorable" or "I really love this" and it made me wonder how many people really care at all. I'm doubtful if I am any different or better than anybody else on here but I'm exhausted of consuming calculated moments told by those who don't know any better. I'd rather try to find peace in solitude than to blindly follow what will please the masses. These opinions may not be the most popular with everybody but they don't need to be. That's the beautiful part of discussion and debate.
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If you are needing inspiration in the adventure category, I recommend following @lebackpacker, @mydetoxtravel, @francisque_s, and @samdavidsmith. Excellent storytellers who aren't afraid to challenge the status quo.

The high steel bridge through sun kissed trees on a weekend afternoon. One of many reasons why the Olympic Peninsula is my favorite region in Washington.

More work for @66north in collaboration with @dannerboots and @topodesigns. Thanks to my Icelandic partner in crime @gudlaugelisa always tagging along for endless adventures when I'm in town.

Something once briefly discovered out of curiosity and love soon transformed into something discovered out of greed, selfishness, and confusion. It was the stomping grounds for something beautiful and look what happened my friend. A night's sleep to lessons learned while foraging the path and remembering why you got to where you are in the first place. Don't lose sight.

Ghosts. Driving up Icelandic's iconic roads in near pitch black blue hour was a remarkable experience. This photograph, taken on an old Pentax 67, makes me feel like we were exploring the terrain of Mars.

The trailhead to one of my favorite lakes in all of the Pacific Northwest. Need to get back in the summer for some extended camping sessions.

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