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C4 director @timkemple photo // Not another soul in sight for miles.
It's been a while since I've signed a summit register. Hell its been a while since I've climbed to the top of anything. But yesterday I made the first major step in the recovery process from my ankle surgery last month. The cast is off, and I can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I just need to keep telling myself... baby steps. #Tbt of @kbish801 tagging the top of Mathis Crest before I got us turned around benighted on the decent .... sorry about that one.
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Roof of the world time-lapse. Appreciating this planet from it's head to it's toes. Happy Earth Day!
C4 director @timkemple photo // Playing a game of Morse Code with friends spending the night high up on El Capitan in Yosemite, National Park.
Climbing on El Capitan is an amazing experience. One thing I never expected though is how well sound travels up to you when you are on the wall. You can hear your friends in the meadow pretty easily, especially at night when things are quite. Unfortunately the opposite isn't always true, meaning an old fashion game of Morse Code can let your friends know that they should meet you on the summit with whiskey in hand at 5pm tomorrow!
C4 tech guru @rudy.le on location in Nepal for @yeti this past month. Besides keeping the cameras running he was tasked with riding this @royalenfield through the busy streets of Kathmandu all the way through the rugged roads of the high the Tibetan Plateau pictured here. Then the real adventure began with a rapid climb to a 17Kft basecamp where the altitude sickness kicked in. He rode a real horse for part of the way before collapsing completely, barely able to sit up. We had evacuation plans in place but luckily things didn't escalate! #setlife#camp4pix
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C4 director @renan_ozturk photo // It's National Parks Week in the US! This weekend and next you can visit for free. If you haven't been to @yosemitenps or another gems we have in this country, now is a good time! ~
@pengeja.rindu is climbing a peak in Indonesian with this #camp4pix submission. Can't quite explain why but loving this centered symmetric composition. Sometimes 'rules' don't mean anything and the landscape dictates it's own framing science.
C4 director @timkemple on another visit to the Icelandic discotheque.
C4 Nepal unit field producer/director @jetbutterflies and climbing guide @climber.abiral tirelessly pushing the team along above 17K feet in Nepal's remote Himalaya. Hats off to Ben and Abi for making the last few back to back productions happen in the style of endless Nepali hospitality, improvisation and positivity! ~
C4 director @renan_ozturk photo // New Roads, Hard Roads.
While driving the road to Manang, I (@jetbutterflies) couldn't stop thinking about the courage of those who built it. At times dug out from sheer cliff faces or propped up with rough hewn wooden supports, it is a temple to our need to be connected - at nearly any cost. Driving the road is disconcerting in that one is constant, and often simultaneous, witness to tremendous feats of human engineering and human neglect. ~
For a few days, we climbed along the thinning Marshyangdi river and into the very heart of the Himalayas themselves. The road grew dusty and then even dustier. We watched as Annapurna 3, Gangapurna and Nilgiri - some of the tallest peaks on the planet - were backlit to our south as storms gathered and flashed against them. ~
Slow Going. At least the first 150 kilometers went well enough. Granted, the roads were paved for the most part and the greatest risk was finding the flat grill of a massive TATA truck squarely in your lane on a blind corner. ~
Then the road got rough, it got dark, and things got very real, very quickly. To describe the next 40 kilometers using the term 'road' would be dishonest. The rough-hewn path is wide enough for a vehicle to pass, but strewn with massive boulders and ruts. At one point @renan_ozturk put on a motorcycle helmet to protect his head during the impromptu rodeo happening inside the jeep. ~
The bikes fell over and broke down. It was pitch black, not even stars visible. We lashed the wounded @royalenfield into the short bed of a passing pickup. We limped into a small town, ate, and passed out in a local lodge. Spent. Exhausted. Dreaming already of the relative pleasures of Kathmandu - only a day behind, but a universe away. ~
Today, the road got rougher and cut a thin path across sheer cliff faces with the Marshyangdi river coaxing us a thousand feet below. The injured bike struggled, then died completely. It started to rain, thin at first then in sheets. ~
I guess this is what we signed up for. Working together, suffering, taking turns navigating northward. Tomorrow, after another ten hours of riding, we will leave the bike and the jeeps and the lodges behind and walk. Our own feet stepping onto the snows and deeper into the stories of the two amazing women who have inspired the trip. Stay tuned. ~
Video by C4 director @renan_ozturk // words by @jetbutterflies - Shewa Roka stands with her back to her home. She is 52 years old, but while we sat with her and shared a cup of fresh moonshine she seemed to be simultaneously both older and younger than her age allowed. ~
The hamlet of Dule, where Shewa lives, is in Nepal’s isolated Rukum district. Dule is home to about a dozen people, scattered across a handful of rough stone and mud homes. This is the last outpost before the steep and dry hillsides give way to steeper mountain ranges, punctuated with wild crags and chasms, stretching all the way up to the Tibetan plateau. ~
Without any prompting, she told us about an afternoon well over a decade ago that she still can’t seem to shake. This was during the height of Nepal’s civil war. Without warning, police paramilitary forces stormed through her doorway. They immediately opened fire and fatally shot five men who were huddled around her humble cooking fire. The police claimed the men were Maoist rebels, something Shewa denies. The bodies were disposed in the forest nearby, and Shewa and her family spent the next few years caught - quite literally - in the crossfire of a brutal and costly conflict. ~
We left Dule the next morning and trekked deeper into the sharp and snowy mountains. Still now, weeks later, we can’t shake her smile and her generous spirit - clear and strong like moonshine, like everything we who have experienced so little still strive to understand. ~
C4 director @timkemple photo // Climbing rope-less above the ocean with nothing to catch you but the salt water below or 'psicobloc' as it's known in the climbing community was born here on the island of Mallorca. The limestone walls are perfect for it, averaging about 60' tall and STEEP, so that there is nothing but air between you and the water below.
It's paradise for some or a scary nightmare for those afraid of the rough seas. Either way I love photographing it... to me it's the essence of climbing: No gear, just a pair of shoes, chalk and a steep piece of stone.
Here @edumarin1 climbs out one of the hardest and steepest lines at Cala Sa Nau on the eastern side of the island -- @profotoglobal@ltjian#camp4pix
C4 director @renan_ozturk photo from our latest from our latest project in Nepal // **Does this photo make you feel sad? Want to understand more? While hunting isn't exactly my cup of tea, I do eat meat and wanted understand more through this project** ~
Raju Gurung crosses an obscure 15,000 ft pass in Nepal's remote Rukum district, heading back to camp carrying the skin of a Himalayan Blue Sheep after a successful hunt. ~
Just coming back into spotty contact today after a surprisingly tough expedition deep into the rugged mountains of Western Nepal, and into the lives and spirits of the men and the animals that live there. ~
To study hunting is to study what it means to be human -- equal parts crucial and cruel, laden with stereotypes and deep passions. Hunting gives us a view into our relationship with the natural world, which ultimately is about our relationship with ourselves. ~
C4 director @timkemple Tech Tip // On ice and elevated, just as the doctor prescribed.
Tech Tip Tuesday: Last week on a seemingly harmless hike back to the car, on my first day of a dream adventure in Iceland, I slipped and broke my ankle. I'm not used to needing help to get to locations, never mind coffee in the morning. So the past several days have been humbling to say the least.
Knowing that there was no way I was 'going home' I swallowed my pride and started looking for solutions. The day after 'the slip' @retro_outdoors tracked down some crutches with spikes for the glacier -- they weren't fast but they were effective. Next, we converted a gear sled into a transportation device and I soon learned that my knee would become a replacement for a foot at times -- no matter how uncomfortable it was.
This image was shot the day after 'the slip' by my good buddy @renan_ozturk when I was convinced all I had was a little sprain. And it captures what this #techtiptuesday is all about... Pride.
Pride is a black hole for photographers and this week has been a reminder of that for me. It's often confused with artistic expression, but they are two completely different things. Art is what you feel in your heart, pride is what you feel in your mind. Art says go, pride says no. The sooner you can learn to check your pride at the door, and stop giving a shit about what people and other photographers think about you, the sooner you will start creating memorable, special, awesome work. Over the past week, I've literally crawled on the ground past some of my heroes as they scaled giant ice walls around me. It may not have been pretty, but I came home with the images I'd been dreaming of for months.
It's probably true of all artistic pursuits but its especially relevant today given the popularity of photography. Who cares what camera you shoot, what models you work with, what computer you edit on... if you are willing to crawl to make your dream photograph I can tell you that it will be worth every inch. #camp4pix#iceland#itsbroke
Things have been moving along nicely on all fronts for this story with @natgeo guru editor @sadiequarrier leading me through lengthy process for the first time. Happy to report that the final layout is now locked and coming soon to eyeballs everywhere. ~
It's surprising how much involvement and voice is granted to the photographer whittling down 40,000 images into 7, while also having the the help of an impressive brain trust: director of photography, chief of the magazine, caption writers, graphic artists, video editors, In Design wizards, online folks and text editors all weigh in! See my @instagram story for a little bit of our layout sessions. @petergwin@roseleen@susanbgoldberg@rebeccaexplore ~
C4 director @timkemple photo // Rappelling into a crevasse is probably one of the more alien environments I've been while chasing after a photograph. But this is one I've had in my mind for years.
Making things even more interesting is the fact that my left ankle is broken, so every part of the process from approach, to rappelling, to climbing back out took extra care and process. Luckily @bookofsamuel and @bchendrix (hiding behind) were patient while I maneuvered into position and captured this frame of Sam stemming between two walls of ice with nothing but darkness below and the last light of the day high above. Watch the Insta-story for some BTS #teameffort#iceland
3 of 3 Photo by C4 collaborator @brandonjosephbaker // Besides curating photo/video for @thenorthface Brandon is always actively charging forward in a diverse set of his own art forms. Check out his feed for a something creative and different! Pictured here - @bookofsamuel and the team during a ice lagoon soloing session.
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2 of 3 Photo by C4 collaborator @brandonjosephbaker // Besides curating photo/video for @thenorthface Brandon is always actively charging forward in a diverse set of his own art forms. Check out his feed for a something creative and different! Pictured here - @bookofsamuel and the team during a ice lagoon soloing session.
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1 of 3 Photo by C4 collaborator @brandonjosephbaker // Besides curating photo/video for @thenorthface Brandon is always actively charging forward in a diverse set of his own art forms. Check out his feed for a something creative and different! Pictured here - @bookofsamuel and the team during a ice lagoon soloing session.
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C4 athlete @renan_ozturk photo // @bookofsamuel clawing his way out of Iceland's glacier underworld. These memorizing ice-caves make it possible to do some of the steepest, most difficult and fun ice climbing routes on the planet. I'd like to think that for climbers or any outdoor sport the motivation to do it comes down to the creativity of imagining lines on the landscape and then joy of interaction with that path. This cave had many spiraling tunnels and facets and while climbing you could see deep into the ice, looking at the history of volcanic eruptions of the island. ~
C4 director @timkemple Tech Tip: I'll be the first to admit, I'm a camera nerd. If it has a sensor I've probably shot with it. In the wild, in a store, at a photo show... but here's the thing cameras are just tools. They're paint brushes to make your art. Tools are designed to work, they get dirty, you wash them out and use them again.
So here's my #techtiptuesday... if you are serious about creating photography and film in the wild places of the earth, get insurance (homeowners or commercial policy) and use your camera like the tool it is. Rain, snow, sleet, mud, or sun use the elements to your advantage to create work people have never seen before. I'm not saying to be wasteful and destroy your gear, but creativity demanded that my camera be inches from this mud puddle and the dirt on my brand new @sigmaphoto lens (that I paid for!) is nothing that a little water can't wash off. So let your creativity drive your work, and then find the right tool for the job. Not the other way around. #getdirty#gettheshot
C4 Nomadic friend @krystlejwright // As @jeffreyshapiro ventures into the Ghost wilderness, I wonder if he's thinking, well at least it's 10 degrees warmer than a month ago when we originally planned this shoot... Or... potentially thinking, this is fucked, we are ice climbing in -30C conditions.
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