Nadar, 1900, on his 1862 photography of the Paris catacombs
From 'To Photograph Darkness', by Chris Howes
I photograph caves so that the non cavers among
you all can see their beauty. Cave are not always the small, wet,
muddy, horrible places they are imagined to be (though there is a lot of
that to be had!). These images represent nearly 20 years of cave
photography. Many people have assisted me over the years, either
by setting off flashbulbs, carrying equipment, or tripping the cable release.
Most of these images were produced using an Olympus OM-2s and 24 mm lens.
A 90 mm macro lens was used on most close up shots. Some were produced
with a Pentax 90 lens shutter camera. Lighting was provided by either
electronic flash, or flashbulbs that range
in size from tiny M-3's to giant Mazda Type 75
and Meggaflash 330 flood flash bulbs.
Darklight Imagery Prints
Cave Imagery Gallery 1
Cave Imagery Gallery 2
Special Camps Gulf Gallery
Camps Gulf Gallery 2
Rumbling Falls Cave Gallery 1
Cumberland Caverns Gallery