Stephen Alvarez Finds Beauty In The Dark

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Stephen Alvarez has been plunging himself deep underground into some of the least-traveled to caves in the world. Through his photography, Stephen finds beauty in these dark places.

Stephen's lecture, "Earth From Below," captivated his audience with impressive images of these gorgeous, rarely seen underground chambers. As he explains, more people have gone to the moon than explored caves right here on our planet!

That's due mainly to the fact that many of these places are very hard to get to. Alvarez explained that people would rather not place themselves in really tight and horrible cave entrances (like the mucky space in the photo above). Sometimes those kind of sacrifices are required in order to capture "great beauty" such as this:

But Stephen has braved more than just a muddy cave entrance to get these riveting photos. He regular descends hundreds of feet into the Earth and, in his travels, has contracted many diseases and parasites along the way. Bot flies anyone?

The audience was in awe of the dangers in which Stephen finds himself. One attendee asked a very good question - how does he manages to not get lost while caving in the dark? His answer was simple - a great sense of direction!

With the dim lighting which enveloped the Space during his IRIS Nights talk, we feel as if Stephen probably felt right at home last night! Thanks, Stephen, for bringing us to some unexplored and beautiful caves on our planet! And watch out for those bot flies!

Click here to watch Stephen's IRIS Nights lecture online. For more information about Stephen, visit his official Website.

(All images by Unique for the Space)

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