In March of 2017 I traveled to North Central Vietnam to trek to
and photograph inside two of the world's largest caves, Hang Én,
and the biggest of them all, Hang Son Ðoòng.
discovered in 1991 by a local Vietnamese man who was foraging in
the jungle for wood and sought shelter from a storm, he lost his
bearings and was unable to find the cave again until 2008. It was
not until explorers from the British Cave Research Association entered
would they realize the immensity of what had been discovered.
largest cave in the world by volume, it rises up to 200 metres (660
ft) high and is up to 150 metres (490 ft) wide. Its cross-section
is believed to be twice that of the next largest passage, in Deer
cave runs for approximately 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) and is punctuated
by 2 large dolines, which are areas where the ceiling of the cave
has collapsed. The dolines allow sunlight to enter sections of the
cave which has resulted in the growth of trees as well as other
vegetation. These cave forests coupled with the oxygen emitted,
the heat and humidity of the ambient air and the cool temeperature
of the internal river, combine to produce its own clouds
cave was named 'Mountain Cave of Ðoòng' after a remote
village in the jungle nearby. In Vietnamese, it would become Hang
and Hang Én, which is the third largest cave and must be
passed through to reach the entrance of Hang Son Ðoòng,
have beauty beyond words.
have also photographed under the Vatnajokull and Breidamerkurjökull
Glaciers in Iceland, which, like the caves of Vietnam, are otherworldly
but in a completely different way as light bounces around through
the transulecence of ice hundreds of feet thick.
photographs attempted to capture some of this rarely seen beauty
and present these remote treasures to the world.
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