This month, National Geographic Magazine ran a long piece on the Kulung culture in Nepal, detailing the dangerous work of so-called ‘honey hunters’ as they set about harvesting large quantities of psychotropic honey. The process is harrowing, requiring hunters to scale large rock faces using ropes and little else, subjecting them to stings by the world’s largest honeybees and, if they’re not careful, certain death.
Accompanying the editorial is a gallery of images taken primarily by photographer Renan Ozturk, one of the subjects of a newly released behind-the-scenes video (above) showing the honey hunters in action, as well as the lengths Ozturk went to photograph them.
At about 9 minutes in length, the video is a short but raw look at the process and all the work that went into capturing this incredible photo essay. Enjoy.