Renan Ozturk@renan_ozturk

@thenorthface climber // @natgeo @sonyalpha photojournalist // @camp4collective commercial director // landscape painter at heart 😊

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Dampened footsteps in a quiet Bagan temple. @taylorfreesolo and I stayed in Myanmar after the rest of the team went home from the epic ‘down to nothing’ @natgeo @thenorthface #MynamarClimb expedition . We searched for unexpected cultural moments and all you can eat buffets (to gain back the weight we had lost in the jungle) in this exploding hub of tourism.

Temples of Bagan, Myanmar

A sketch from the early days. I had finished college, gave away my belongings and committed myself 100% to climbing and art in this place. I didn’t even have a sleeping pad or climbing parters at first but everything came in good time. I can unequivocally say this place had an impact me more than any other. It wasn’t only the climbing but also the reverence for the antiquities around every twist and turn. Now more than ever we are lucky to have the @accessfund to take up a lawsuit to adequately protect this place.
Hit the link in the bio to help the fight, this is the big one we need to come together on! ✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽 #bearsearsnationalmonument #protectbearsears @protectbearsears

Bears Ears National Monument

Photo by @taylorfreesolo, words by our dog child @baloointhewild // Humans are such visual creatures. Looking and learning and sharing with their weird eyeballs and metal photo-making contraptions and tiny glowing screens. Don’t get me wrong, they are my pack and together we eat and all that. But so strange their ways of perception. I learn smelling the tracks of others. Sense meaning through the tiny vibrations of the soft hairs in my big ears. Leave my mark on the world with... well... you know. I also don’t get too wound up in the details or the “stories”. But hey, I’m a dog. You’re a human. Just saying. There are options in how you engage with life. 🐾 #monumentvalley #protectbearsears

Monument Valley

Happiness overflow in the jungle mountain village of Sadi, Nepal. See @dzifoundation for more images of remote nepal and the positive development work taking place #nepaliloveyou ~

@jetbutterflies @climber.abiral

Gudel, Nepal

Golden hour over the dunes with @shotsfromabove @chrisburkard ~

Camera talk - In my early days coming out of landscape painting and using cameras for the first time I was often reprimanded by my peers for shooting too much with the fisheye. Fair enough, I didn’t know what I was doing and it was a cop out for not being able to find a frame with tighter lens. Plus I learned that the distortion at the edges of the frame for people in particular can make most images not usable by publications like @natgeo. Now, I mostly shoot 24mm or tighter but there are certain cases where I love to break the that rule like for landscape and time-lapse. This particular shot was using the ultra-sharp 10mm Voigtländer hyperwide lens to be able to get as much of the landscape and trike as possible in the frame...and great cinematic sun star. It’s the widest e-mount lens that exists (I think) that is also rectilinear (not as distorted / straight horizon) and great tool for specialized wide shots. Hope to but this to use the #bearsearsnationalmonument #escalantenationalmonument soon! @sonyalpha @thenorthface #protectbearsears ~

@rudy.le @snackfarmer @tentides @devlin_gandy @radiantimages #voightlander10mm

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Just relax and enjoy the soothing colors through the night [Iceland 2016 @camp4collective collection]


We will not fade gently into the night! ~

The fight is on and the @accessfund is filing a law suit to defend #bearsearsnationalmonument and stop the president from cutting its sacred lands by 85%. ~

Good news is the Kickstarter initiated by @ducttapethenbeer has reached it’s goal for an education Center with a huge 100k donation from @thenorthface and all of you!! But we still need any level of support folks can give to the law suit. ~

See link in my bio to donate and check out the @accessfund fund feed tmr as I’ll be sharing more imagery and stories from my formative years in Bears Ears. This is the big one we have to act on, so lucky to have the @accessfund going to bat! #protectbearsears @protectbearsears @brady_robinson @chrisburkard @tentides @shotsfromabove @snackfarmer @rudy.le

Planet Earth

Installation art by @ben_knight // The president stole your land. In an illegal move, the president just reduced the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments. This is the largest elimination of protected land in American history. #protectbearsears ~ 👆🏼👆🏼👆🏼see link in profile to see what we can do now 👆🏼👆🏼👆🏼 @protectbearsears @accessfund

Bears Ears National Monument

Photos and words by @toriduhaime from the front lines of Trumps visit to Salt Lake City today // please see link still in profile to show your support 👆🏼👆🏼👆🏼 ~ “Dear Donald Trump @realdonaldtrump ,
Welcome to Utah. This state is home to 3.11 million people, 6 federally recognized Native Tribes, and 84,889 square miles of beautiful rivers, mountains, and desert landscapes. Our air quality is insufferable, our winter is delayed due to climate change, and coal mining is a heavy influence in these problems. Today you have arrived in this high desert to illegally and dramatically reduce the area of public land that was instilled by two previous presidents, honoring these 6+ tribes, Mother Nature herself, and the respect of the untouched wild. You claim this choice is for the communities who rely on the economy of coal and I acknowledge your sad attempt to humanize your greed, but I believe we can better serve those communities with education and resources to shift to sustainable energy. Moreover, before you make this motion, we ask of this. Go to Grand Staircase and Bears Ears yourself. Remove the casing around your feet and step outside your pressed suit. Feel the desert wind touch your skin, breathe the air that has not yet been effected, and sink into the silence that the canyon walls insulate. If the desert can’t make even you feel at momentary peace, then we have further proof of your lack of humanity and unfit presidency because no amount of money or ignorance should be any match for the grandeur of these lands. Our land. Land that has been built over millions of years by elements we will never be able to control. We cannot bring back what will be destroyed by this change. Your efforts are better put forth in changing how we consume and create our resources, not how we can capitalize on what was never made for our taking to begin with. Do not disrespect what you know nothing of. See you on the steps of the capitol.”
#protectbearsears #savegrandstaircase

Capitol Hill (Salt Lake City)

“In a world that is often so divided and chaotic, seeing the world from above gives me hope. It makes me realize just how connected we are in this tiny sphere within the universe” - photographer and ultralight trike pilot Chris Dahl-Bredine @shotsfromabove. ~

It gives me hope too, thinking about @shotsfromabove’s passion to take his calling for flying on the road some day with his wife and daughter and use it help tell cultural and conservation stories around the globe. And I think he can do it. Not because he has a sexy experimental aircraft that gives you the capacity to capture mind blowing aerial images are pure social media crack.... It’s because he is the guy in the room not on instagram, but the one paving the way and having a present and giving interaction with the locals in any situation. ~

Just wrapped a memorable few sleepless days flying and experimenting and pushing the @sonyalpha a7riii, stay tuned for the video edit in the next few weeks! ~

@chrisburkard @radiantimages @snackfarmer @tentides @rudy.le @camp4collective @thenorthface

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

An ultralight trike aircraft over the Sand Dunes National Park of Colorado. As a continuation of the @sonyaplha A7riii camera prototype road trip, @chrisburkard I have brought the team back together to tell a more focused story on The Great Sand Dunes National Park through the eyes of veteran pilot @shotsfromabove. Stayed tuned as we explore this landscape with the new camera from this immersive way of documenting a landscape. I hope we can use this these techniques in the future to protect #publiclands under threat! ~

@radiantimages @camp4collective @snackfarmer @tentides @greatsanddunesnps @rudy.le @ksundman #protectbearsears

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Great week learning about the history of the Apache tribes for our @gatherfilm feature doc. Here is some knowledge from our director @mrsanjayr! - “We have had the amazing opportunity to observe true stewards of our food system - deeply wise and compassionate people who understand how to love the land and truly live in balance with it. One such wisdom keeper is Twila Cassadore (@cassadoretwy) of the San Carlos Apache Reservation. Twila and her colleague Seth Pilsk are part of the Western Apache Diet Project thru which they interviewed dozens upon dozens of Apache elders to reconstitute the traditional Apache food system devastated by colonization and genocide. The first step was understanding what Apaches used for sustenance before the advent of the White Man. Apaches were primarily foragers and hunters and understood the seasonality of both flora and fauna. One plentiful species in the winter is the elusive woodrat- a small rodent that makes large mounded nests under cacti. Woodrats eat a pure and clean diet of shrubs and desert legumes. They’re a plentiful food source if one knows how to scare them out of their nest and how to catch this critter that seems to scurry a million miles an hour. Here, Twila initiates young Mae in the traditional food ways of her elders. Mae ended up helping to catch a woodrat, which Twila made into a “deconstructed” tamale: meat with sumac berry and squash layered on fire baked corn meal.” @nephi_craig @apachefarmer @reddigitalcinema @sonyalpha @cwsonderoptic @taylorfreesolo @sterlinharjo #apachecorn

San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation

“a lot of the solutions to our oceans problems already exist but people just don’t know about them” - @cristinamittermeier. It’s been inspiring seeing the dedication and focus of Cristina and the @sea_legacy team to ocean conservation. Follow and consider supporting @sea_legacy @paulnicklen @cristinamittermeier for constant content from the front lines of #turningthetide on #climatechange! ~ [Melting ice on the Antarctic peninsula from the @thenorthface @xavierdelerue expedition a few years back]


15 year veteran ultralight trike pilot @shotsfromabove preparing for flight. I’m obsessed and looking forward to more aerial adventures with the ‘cine-trike’ this weekend with @chrisburkard @rudy.le @shotsfromabove @sonyalpha @radiantimages @freeflysystems!! #cinetrike


Monsoon mud season in Nepal. @dzifoundation @camp4collective #nepaliloveyou


An Apache boy mimics a mural at a recent harvest festival on the White Mountain Apache Reservation. I’m currently on route to meet up and continue to help tell the @gatherfilm Native American food sovereignty stories of @apachefarmer, @nephi_craig, Twila and course little Mae. ~

To be honest I am pretty ignorant when it comes to indigenous history in the US....this project has really opened my eyes. I didn’t know that there were ~100 million people indigenous tribes in the lower 48 before colonization and ~5% of of that remain. I was never taught in school and hope this film can provide a little bit of background on what happened but also show the light at the end of the tunnel. There is a lot of tragedy but also many positive stories happening right now with native food in these communities. ~

@mrsanjayr @taylorfreesolo @daharbfilm @tanya_meillier @sterlinharjo @riseupranch @fndi303

White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation

An Iceland moon-set as part of the @sweatpantsmedia @chrisburkard Under An Arctic Sky production. ~

NERD TALK - It’s been fun to have almost every photo I’ve taken on tap using the lightroom mobile app. This isn’t a paid post, just a discussion on what I’m doing and to see how others may be organizing. My current system is to use a single ‘@lightroom classic’ catalog (what the new desktop program is called) for ALL my stills and create ‘collections’ and ‘collection sets’ within the program. Then I sync all of those to be available for mobile tinkering. The ‘collections sets’ don’t transfer fully yet, but I’ve gotten around this by just labeling every ‘collection’ starting with the project name so it all lines up alphabetically on the mobile app. All that is for raw photos I’ve transferred off cards to drives on a computer. Then I’ve got another collection in the app for photos I take on my phone and ones I pull off Wi-Fi from my @sonyalpha cameras in the field for quick posting. Sometimes I also use a SD card reader ‘dongle’ to transfer raw photos directly to my phone and into the lightroom as well mobile app for editing power and fast posting.
Other than that I’m using @google photos to back up everything on my camera roll and free up space on my phone so I don’t have to worry about losing stuff. Oh yeah, I also have a ‘google drive’ @Instagram folder of images that I add videos and other stills to. This is kind of a deep rabbit hole of possibilities.
Curious if anyone has a better system!


Thankful for all the people who have let us into their lives to tell their stories and the support from family, friends and organizations that make it all possible! ~

Pictured here is Maule Dhan, #TheLastHoneyHunter, wide eyed while watching the film for the first time with his community in the village of Sadi, Nepal. Thanks @kendalmountainfestival as well for the recent award for cinematography! Maybe @ben_knight is also finally thankful for jungle leeches?! ~

@camp4collective @feltsoulmedia @natgeo @sonyalpha @taylorfreesolo @irving_matthew @sadiequarrier @m_synnott @jetbutterflies @climber.abiral @travisrummel @thenorthface @coreswx @reddigitalcinema @cwsonderoptic @thekeegzania @dzifoundation


Important Kickstarter Link in profile to support the new Bears Ears visitor center! “Do we actually need the federal government and trump administration to protect these special lands? Actually we can do something, and build something that helps with the influx of traffic to this region, learn about where to go, the culture and how to visit sustainably right now!” - @bluffoto Josh Ewing from Friends of Cesar Mesa nonprofit. ~

What Josh is doing is selflessly taking matters into his own hands and building a gorilla education center for Bears Ears. A place where people can learn to visit these sensitive areas with care and respect. He has personally raised almost all the money by himself but now needs our help to get the rest of the way. ~ “I don’t want to spent the next three years of my life yelling into the void of Instagram. I want to be smart and determined and do something in the right direction” Fitz from @ducttapethenbeer ~

See Link in profile for the video and more info. Please consider helping this cause if you have climbed in Indian Creek, enjoyed the vast beauty of these places, don’t want to see it drilled for oil, and want the Native Americana who have an incredible heritage here to have a say in how it is managed. 🙏🏽 #protectbearsears [video from an aerial transect over the Bears Ears regions with Ultralight Trike pilot @shotsfromabove]

Bears Ears National Monument

Begged another 💎 of a photo off @timkemple from his @thenorthface_climb Iceland series. Here @bookofsamuel descends into the Vatnajökull glacier through in search of ephemeral climbs. See @timkemple for the whole series! #eyeofthekempy ~

@brandonjosephbaker @kakiorr @kbish801 @camp4collective @hansjoergauer @bookofsamuel @pfaff_anna @retro_outdoors @bchendrix @the_dunne


Less than 24hrs at home before @taylorfreesolo heads off again! @baloointhewild seems traumatized but I’m happy to be holding down the fort as full on house-husband, helping her unpack and repack for her jobs, keeping Baloo entertained, dragging myself to train at the gym while she is out crushing it for the greater good. ~

Tmr she leaves with @irving_matthew and @prospektmiraorg for Belarus and the Ukraine to direct a film on the peatland restoration projects that the @undp developed with communities there and in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, and Russia. The Clima East projects are working to prevent millions of tonnes of C02 from being released into the atmosphere, improve protections for birds and wildlife and help rural communities shift their land use practices without losing economic opportunity. With all the doom and gloom and impending catastrophe, we need more win-win stories in the world!! #climaeast #shiftingground #actonclimate #climatechangeisreal @revo @thenorthface

Home Sweet Home

The crux offwidth pitch on @zionnps first free ascent w/@cedarwright. It was the height of our #dirtbag days, both living out of his tiny 1985 Toyota Camry living the nomadic climbing life. The battle with this crack cut me up badly, leading to a heinous staph infection and deeply seared in memories of the adventure. Photo by Eric Draper ~


Zion National Park

Feeling blue. ~ [@timkemple @thenorthface_climb @camp4collective collection] ~

See @timkemple and current @roam feed for more of this series! #iceland

Skaftafell - Vatnajökull National Park

Kind. True. Unique. Strong. Talented. Wise. Present. Mindful. Giving. Gone. ~

Sad sad news from Yosemite today.... RIP Neils 🙏🏽 ~

Photo by Ace Kvale

Yosemite National Park

Monument valley mimicry. ~

Follow @roam this weekend for a little takeover curated from my recent adventures. Honestly @roam is barley getting going and building an audience but the dream is to soon have a platform bigger than ourselves to share real time adventures from the field as they are happening. Stuff like I used to do like the Nepal ‘As It Happens’ sat modem video dispatches with @coryrichards and the coverage of the sailing mission that @travisrice and @ian.walsh just completed. Watch this space! —> @roam ~

Shot with @chrisburkard @shotsfromabove @taylorfreesolo @sonyalpha @snackfarmer

Monument Valley

A behind the scenes aerial shot of @camp4collective creative maestro @timkemple dangling on a rope shooting @bookofsamuel on the @thenorthface Icelandic ice trip. This pitch was one of the longest and most enduro of the glacier ice formations we explored. The whole section first 90 ft section in the black ice was overhanging! ~

Tim (on the left in black) had broken ankle pretty bad early on, but instead of calling it quits he kept a positive attitude and continued to shoot - by ice crutching around the glacier with a modified crampon-crutches, sleds, belly crawling and whatever means possible. See @timkemple @thenorthface_climb for more on the body of work from this trip. ~

@hansjoergauer @pfaff_anna @retro_outdoors @the_dunne @brandonjosephbaker @kakiorr / shot on @djiglobal #mavicpro #neverstopcreating


“Can we eat like our ancestor’s did in today’s time?” - Native American artist and foodie Roxanne Swentzell at her home during the @gatherfilm shoots with the Pueblo New Mexico tribes. Beside her emotive bronze & clay sculptures she has a complex food story that fits into our film on Native American food sovereignty. ~

At one point her whole family was suffering from health problems - high cholesterol, obesity, heart problems, autoimmune diseases and chronic disease. It’s not uncommon in a lot of Native communities which have had their land (which is their food) cut out and replaced by corn syrp, white bread and whatever you can get at the gas station... because that is all there was available in multiple communities we visited. ~

Roxanne is a success a story. She began following the ancient food ways - not eating processed white flour and sugar but rather self-grown beans, corn and squash. Quickly, her and her family’s health drastically improved. While we were at her adobe house that she built herself at age 23 we got a tour of her converted seed bank of ancient grains, tasted her grasshopper flour and wandered amongst the goats and turkeys while we checked out the art inhabiting every nook and cranny of the compound. ~

@mrsanjayr @daharbfilm @tanya_meillier @taylorfreesolo @aesthetic.n8tive.trash @chzamag @frau_mit_katze @fndi303 @kim_baca1 @riseupranch @gatherfilm @sterlinharjo @sonyalpha @cwsonderoptic @coreswx @reddigitalcinema


Monster and Washer Woman towers within what seems like infinite layers of @canyonlandsnps geology. I remember doing them both in the same day when I was young and wide-eyed about the adventure of the climbing life. On the summits I added a few drawings in the registers which are rich with history and culture. Just recently I went back and snapped this photo with @chrisburkard and his kind and over-stoker crew while testing the new @sonyalpha a7r3. I have to say that my excitement and appreciation for this place has only grown. @snackfarmer @tidesinourveins @thenorthface_climb @revo #protectbearseears

Mesa Arch

One of the wettest leads of my life in front of the lens of @timkemple on a @thenorthface_climb trip earlier this year. This climb was inside a 'Moulin', a tube where surface water plunges into the inner depths of the glacier. ~

@pfaff_anna and I rappelled in and set a very cold belay from two ice-screws beneath the spray of the waterfall and just above a big pool below. I was up first up. As I left the belay and took my first few swings the water streaming down the ice also found its way down my ice tools and trickled down my sleeves. Yup, it was a pretty silly decision to climb so close to the water but the deep blue color and challenge of the slightly overhanging angle drew us in like the claws of Velociraptors to movie stars of Jurassic Park. ~

After 10 ice screws placements, I was pumped out of my mind. I let out of a few guttural screams as I tried to swing but my left arm kept deflecting off the ice, nearly dropping my tool. Then, trying to place my last screw I fumbled watched it fall 80 ft into the icy pool below (later retrieved by @bookofsamuel). I was a floppy overcooked noodle so just lowered down to relieve Anna from the waterfall belay. She finished it off in style in a downpour of freezing rain. Exciting little mini-adventure!~ @kbish801 @brandonjosephbaker @the_dunne @kakiorr @hansjoergauer @retro_outdoors #icelandicice #kodakcourage #InthespiritofOsman

Vatnajökull National Park

The monkey king, @sketchyandylewis, standing alone and exposed within the mud drip sandcastle towers. Andy is relentless in his pursuit of fun in this life and is unwilling to compromise his adventure lifestyle in the face of distractions. One example from a while back is when he got the opportunity to perform at the SuperBowl half time show for Madonna on the slackline. Afterwards Madonna asked him to go on tour (for what was probably a pretty penny) but he turned her down so he could keep living his dream exploring the Moab Desert region with his climber/slackline/base-jumper friends. With Andy around, his contiguous enthusiasm tends to rally the community together for big memorable projects that push the creative limits of desert antics. #slacklife // shot with @djiglobal #inspire2 // @canyon_cain @stickynicky420 @rudy.le #moab

Moab, Utah