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Renan Ozturk

ART + CULTURE + LANDSCAPE @thenorthface climber // @natgeo @sonyalpha photojournalist // @camp4collective commercial director



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Mount Everest

The mother dess of the Himalayas. Traditional Tibetan Buddhists still believe climbing the mountain is like stepping on the head of their . But during a series of crazy events during our expedition we learned why a lot of Buddhists are climbing it against this inherent wisdom. More soon in the @natgeo @drewness17 feature doc coming soon... ~ @natgeo @sonyalpha @thenorthface assignment with @m_synnott @thom.dharma.pollard @irving_matthew @nickkalisz @jimhurst @jamie8848 @prakashkemchay @manfrottoimaginemore @adorama

Mount Everest Sagarmāthā सगरमाथा ཇོ་མོ་གླང་མ 珠穆朗玛峰

Stumbling down from the summit of Everest with @prakashkemchay as the final humans high on the mountain. Although Prakash works as a climbing sherpa, ethnically he is a Gurung, a culture different that is equally as resilient and storied as the Sherpa. I learned a lot of important cultural lessons this year that I want to convey to you, but if you take one simple thing away from this post let it be the difference between ‘climbing sherpa’ as it’s become to be known as a job title for a high altitude guide and porter and the actual Sherpa people or Gurung people or Tamang people or Rai people (and many more) who all work as ‘climbing sherpas’ on Everest. Prakash dug so deep supporting our production this season and gained his first summit that will hopefully lead him to more work in the future, as his people begin to benefit financially and spiritually from this place the same way westerners and the Sherpa people have done for so many years. ~ Shot as part of the @natgeo @sonyalpha @thenorthface assignment [shot on a7riii with FE 24-105 Gmaster at F6.3, 1/640s, ISO 50 with @tiffencompany circular polarizer]

Mount Everest Sagarmāthā सगरमाथा ཇོ་མོ་གླང་མ 珠穆朗玛峰

Thanks @irving_matthew for snapping these BTS photos during our summit push on Everest and keeping things hilarious and rolling up high after my oxygen regulator broke. Follow him @irving_matthew for some ruthlessly sarcastic commentary about my hat and this weird word we live in. ~ @natgeo @sonyalpha @thenorthface assignment

Mount Everest Sagarmāthā सगरमाथा ཇོ་མོ་གླང་མ 珠穆朗玛峰

“As a photographer, I both a chpion of indigenous communities, and a colonialist. Every photographer affects the world as we reveal its places and people. So it's my responsibility to be truthful and humble, To resist shooting cliches when I'm idst cultures I revere, such as the Sherpa or Tibetans. Cliches do not honor the depths of their character, or the complexity of their lives. Openness, patience, generosity, respect. Without these my cera is useless.” ~ Words / voice over written by @treefighter as we continue to work on the @sonyalpha behind the scenes of the @natgeo feature article and film being edited by @jaymacaveli and music by @lgnnelson

Amazing day here at with the @sonyalpha team. Friends, collaborators, the latest technology, gracious models, and epic studio set ups for shooting and testing cameras (see stories for some of the madness). But personally my favorite moment was the unexpected, unlit, unfancy, pre bedtime candid shot with the one I love. @taylorfreesolo

Mount Everest, Himalayas

A hallowed gaze after one of the most impressive feats I have ever seen. I didn’t realize the carry a lot of ‘climbing sherpas’ (some of these high altitude workers are also Gurung, Tamang and other Nepali ethnicities) do each year on Everest. Starting at 20,000ft (6000m)advanced basecamp with a load of oxygen bottles up to 100lbs they carry all the way to high camp at near 28,000ft (8300m) and back in a single push through the night only stopping to hydrate and eat at the north col. In my opinion this is more impressive display of raw willpower and physical savagery than actually going to the summit. ~ Shot as part of the @natgeo @sonyalpha @thenorthface story with @m_synnott @thom.dharma.pollard @nickkalisz @irving_matthew @jimhurst @jamie8848 @prakashkemchay and team

Onekotan, Sakhalinskaya Oblast', Russia

A 26 photo drone stitch of Onekotan island, one of the masterpieces the Kuril chain: An active volcano rising out of the fresh water lake inside a caldera in the middle of the sea of Ohkotsk. ~ Most of these islands are currently uninhabited by humanity yet true depths were revealed to us by marine mammal biologist @bigdaddivladi who has dedicated his life to studying the complex ecosystem of life here. Hoping the film we are working on can help understand and protect this place. ~ With @taylorfreesolo @e_kaspersky @chrisburkard @jtkerby @rishisugla @tedhesser @_ryanhill_ @tomorrow_unlocked @ollyru999 @donreverendo @alejandroarango13 @povel @manfrottoimaginemore @adorama

Mount Everest Sagarmāthā सगरमाथा ཇོ་མོ་གླང་མ 珠穆朗玛峰

Makalu, 5th highest mtn in the world standing tall at 8,485 meters. Seen here bleary eyed at sunrise close to the summit of Chomo this past season. The nature of the light emitted was only comparable to that of an eclipse, a metallic yet soft spectrum. Burned only into a few frames and memories, this being one of them. ~ Shot as part of the @natgeo @sonyalpha @thenorthface assignment with @m_synnott and team - @thom.dharma.pollard @jimhurst @irving_matthew @nickkalisz @jamie8848

Tibet Autonomous Region

A few faces from the Tibetan Plateau shot during our journey into bascamp. Resilient. happy. strong. All while living at 14,000 ft and conditions most of the planet cannot survive. ~ Shot as part of the assignment for @natgeo @sonyalpha @thenorthface with @m_synnott and crew

Mount Everest Sagarmāthā सगरमाथा ཇོ་མོ་གླང་མ 珠穆朗玛峰

“Back at high camp, 8300 meters A place of shredded tents and wind-strewn garbage, The earth’s highest dump, just below its highest cemetery The scene is so dystopian, so eerie, it feels like I’m on an alien planet That has just had its apocalypse. The rest of the team has gone on without me. I’m oddly at peace, Maybe it’s the satisfaction of doing something I never thought I’d do. In a place I never thought I’d see. Or maybe it’s the privilege I feel, to stand on the shoulder of the mother goddess of the mountains, and look out at the world. I never wanted to be here, Alone in the death zone, Surrounded by ghosts, But it’s so strangely beautiful, I can’t make myself leave.” words by @treefighter (David Gonzales) as we edit on the @sonyalpha BTS with @jaymacaveli for the @natgeo doc

Mount Everest Sagarmāthā सगरमाथा ཇོ་མོ་གླང་མ 珠穆朗玛峰

Last few yaks and tents of the season waiting at 21,000ft advanced basecamp lounging under cosmos of the ‘mother goddess’ . It was a risky and nerve wracking move to skip the first weather window and wait until everyone else on mountain had left but also afforded a few of moments of unexpected tranquility. I was on my last when I tore myself out of a warm sleeping bag to crawl around in the snow one last time for some of the final frames of the expedition 🙏🏽 ~ Part of the @natgeo @sonyalpha @thenorthface assignment with @m_synnott and team. @thom.dharma.pollard @irving_matthew @nickkalisz @taylorfreesolo @drewness17 @jamie8848 @jimhurst @manfrottoimaginemore @adorama

Sakhalin Oblast

We didn’t know what to expect before meeting @e_kaspersky (Eugene Kaspersky), the founder and CEO of @kasperskylab, one of the leading cyber security companies in the world. But from the very first moment to the last day of this journey it was one surprising unfolding of his character after another. Eugene has an infectious joy for solving puzzles, especially Rubik’s Cubes. He also has an expansive love for the natural world and a big open heart for sharing places with others. During an interview, @taylorfreesolo asked him what he felt was the most simple thing we could do to lessen the human strain on our planet. He responded “We must consume less. Only consume what you really really need. We need so much less than we think. And no more single use plastics seriously NO MORE. Our economy is designed to make us want to consume endlessly but it’s our choice. We can do it.” And it’s evident that he practices this in his own life. Yes, our trip consumed a lot of resources (flights to get here, the fuel on the boat, etc) but it’s also been designed to actively support the ongoing efforts to help this ecosystem and there’s a lot more to come from this! Eugene has started to eliminate single use plastics from his company, offices and events. He is also a man of simplicity in his own life. He doesn’t wear any lavish clothes or crazy fancy outdoor gear, most of his apparel is left over stuff from corporate events. You just just tell he’s walking the walk and cares more about other people and our wild wonderful planet than about pretenses, which felt unique for a CEO of such a huge multinational company. Stay tuned for the film! ~ @taylorfreesolo @tedhesser @chrisburkard @rishisugla @ollyru999 @povel @donreverendo @alejandroarango13 @jtkerby @tomorrow_unlocked @bigdaddivladi @_ryanhill_

La La Land

A bit of creation happened today on a @thenorthface basecamp duffel. It was good to get away from pixel pushing for an hour and let this one come out very quickly. @taylorfreesolo @rudy.le

Mount Everest Sagarmāthā सगरमाथा ཇོ་མོ་གླང་མ 珠穆朗玛峰

Spirits, ice crystals and other magic in the air at 28,000ft. ~ Shot on the assignment for @natgeo @sonyalpha @thenorthface with @m_synnott & team! [a7riii with 24-105 gmaster @58mm f6.3 iso 50 with @tiffencompany circular pola and @peakdesign straps] ~ @thom.dharma.pollard @nickkalisz @jamie8848 @camp4collective @irving_matthew

Tingri, Xizang, China

Generations of resilience. Loved spending a few fleeting moment with the locals of Tingri, the last major town on the Tibetan Plateau before you get to Everest BC on the North Side. China is soon to build a train system to deposit many tourists from the growing middle-class here and there is crazy grid housing infrastructure being built just beside the traditional homes. Within their lifetimes I can’t imagine the change their eyes will see but I trust the core of their culture will remain. ~ Part of the @natgeo @sonyalpha @thenorthface assignment with @m_synnott and crew

Grand Teton National Park

❤️@taylorfreesolo ❤️ ~ May the force be with you on the final push home from Russia!

Mount Everest Sagarmāthā सगरमाथा ཇོ་མོ་གླང་མ 珠穆朗玛峰

More on the topic of trash on : This year it was cool to see the CTMA (China Tibet Mountaineering Association) make some good strides on the North side of the mountain with trash trucks and trash yaks making the rounds to pick up garbage on the weekly. This is one of the burly Tibetans who was on ‘trash yak’ duty at advanced base camp at 21,000 ft. ~ Part of the assignment for @natgeo @sonyalpha @thenorthface with @m_synnott @thom.dharma.pollard @irving_matthew @nickkalisz @jimhurst @jamie8848 @leitzcine @thecameradivision @tiffencompany @manfrottoimaginemore @adorama [shot on @sonyalpha a7riii with 35mm at F1.4]

Mount Everest Sagarmāthā सगरमाथा ཇོ་མོ་གླང་མ 珠穆朗玛峰

Experiencing this mountain as the only team on the hill was a strange feeling, like getting to interact with a wax museum diorama at the roof of the world....filled with multicolor faded ropes, shredded tents, international plastic trash as well as human bodies...all frozen in time by the subzero temps of the death zone. But there was also beauty within all the waste. Being there and feeling the power of the landscape make us understand why generations have flung themselves upwards at such costs. ~ @natgeo @sonyalpha @thenorthface @m_synnott @irving_matthew @jimhurst @nickkalisz @jamie8848 @prakashkemchay @leitzcine @lasportivagram @thom.dharma.pollard

Mount Everest Sagarmāthā सगरमाथा ཇོ་མོ་གླང་མ 珠穆朗玛峰

Miracles. Miracle is our buddy @drewness17 who we are lucky to have shaping the @natgeochannel longform doc edit! Happy birthday dude. ~ And pictured here is the ‘Miracle Highway’ a natural passage on a medial moraine that magically provides a perfect route through the ice towers to advanced basecamp and the upper mountain! ~ Shot on assignment for @natgeo @sonyalpha @thenorthface with @m_synnott @thom.dharma.pollard @irving_matthew @jimhurst @nickkalisz @jamie8848

Missing this place and all the thoughtful team members // Poweful words by @rishisugla “As we made our way down the footpath that crisscrossed long abandoned Soviet military roads and rusted iron barrels, we marveled over the chance to see this site rarely unmasked by cloud. Places like this, when they allow themselves to be seen, make easy claims that they deserve our care and attention. And maybe that’s what this place was asking us for. As my group made a final descent down to the black beach, built up slowly through millennia of breaking down basalt into sand, I wondered about other places rendered invisible not by fog but by other means. Places and people with beauty not of the jaw dropping variety that can make people stop at first sight, but those of a more subtle kind of aesthetic. Ones imbued with history and culture, from microbes to humans, that aren’t so easily captured by footage. For groundwater sitting for millennia beneath the surface. For worms sifting through soil. How do we lift the fog and remind ourselves of their beauty too? So we can not only care about places like this, which are worth our attention and heart, but for that which transcends the physical in ways much more difficult to explain.” @taylorfreesolo @chrisburkard @_ryanhill_ @tedhesser @povel @alejandroarango13 @jtkerby @e_kaspersky @ollyru999

Mount Everest Sagarmāthā सगरमाथा ཇོ་མོ་གླང་མ 珠穆朗玛峰

Climbing continually shapes who I in unexpected ways. It’s not the summits but the community, culture and friendships that have pulled me in deeper and deeper...with a growing empathy for the earth and everything that exists within it. ~ In this se vein, I’m getting psyched for Global Climbing Day ‪on August 24th‬. @thenorthface has set up free climbing in many gyms with our athletes and has been doing an incredible job spreading this emotion that in every sense. See @thenorthface profile for more... ~ Pictured here is Kagi and Lakpa Sherpa getting hit by the first rays of the sun at the top of the world. Shot for the @natgeo @sonyalpha @thenorthface assignment with @m_synnott and te: @irving_matthew @thom.dharma.pollard @nickkalisz @jimhurst @jie8848

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