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Photographing Caves

Cave photography provides a unique opportunity to capture the mystery of our subterranean world. It also presents a distinct set of challenges. Lauren Buchholz writes about navigating this underground landscape

There is an almost preternatural feeling when you walk into a cave – as though by descending into the Earth, you are no longer a part of it. There is the sudden transition into a world without sun, where it becomes evident the bedrock on which we build our lives has been hollowed out and carved into spectacular formations. Then there are the unplumbed depths hidden within the darkness. It’s little wonder that our ancestors saw caves as both the birthplace of humanity and as gates to the underworld.

The vast, fantastic worlds that are evoked by caves make for compelling photography as well as mythologies. Yet, these environments also require a specialised approach. If you are seeking to take your photography below ground, consider the following suggestions for handling several elements that you will...

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