Robbie Shone is an adventurer who has particular fondness for cave photography. He melds his passion for both photography and caving into a perfect mix to capture some rather imposing photographs. For the past 10 years he has been able to document the depths of widest and longest of caves around the world. Shone’s adventures have brought him to the farthest areas of Papua New Guinea, Borneo, China, the Alps and Crete where he has shot some enormous, cavernous cave systems.
These journeys involved hanging on a thin rope up to 650 ft. (200m) above the floor in the earth’s deepest natural shaft, as he explored the farthest ends of a 117 mile long cave system, spending nearly four consecutive days underground on some shoots. This may sound a bit perilous, but if not for Shone’s bravado, many of us would be left unaware that there was so much beauty lurking inside the earth’s caves.
Shone’s lighting of the many monumental caves creates some awesome surreal imagery. He makes use of flash lights to enhance particular structures as well as stones in these deep crevices. The images are extremely captivating making you feel as though you were there yourself along on the adventure. Thanks to Shone’s graphic but beautiful images, one can travel to the deepest bowels of a 189 km long cave without leaving home.
Viewable in this collection are some of his most awesome and breathtaking cave shots, mostly taken from a 2012 excursion into cave systems in Wulong County, China. One can view more of his cave photography on his website here. Shone’s work has appeared in various publications which include National Geographic Science, GEO, National Geographic, Intelligent Life, Stern and View; in addition to the books Bear Grylls Great Outdoor Adventures, as well as Robin Hanbury-Tenison’s The Great Explorers. Robbie is the recipient of several national and international accolades, and is a favorite for speaking engagements, workshops and judge for competitions.