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This picture is of Jayanthi cave located in Meghalaya. It is the deepest cave in India, with the world's largest cave fish found in its foothills.
- Robbie Shawn said that to learn the skill of climbing and landing in caves, he worked for 12 years by hanging from ropes on tall buildings
- Robbie said- I used to think how can one find happiness in the darkest of the cave, when the journey started for the first time
I am Robbie Shawn. The dream of becoming a painter took me to the Fine Arts College in Sheffield (England) in 1999. Here I joined the caving team. At first I used to think how one can find happiness in the darkest of the cave. But, when I first arrived, I realized that I should do photography of caves, not painting. This is where my journey started.
At that time there were neither digital cameras nor any market for cave photography. It was also a costly hobby, as 36-36 reels in photography of a cave would be over and not a single photograph was produced due to darkness. The second challenge in this work was that climbing and descending should be done with the help of rope in deep caves.
To solve both these problems, I chose rope-access work in the construction industry. It involves working for hours with a heavy drilling machine by hanging it with ropes in skyscrapers. Cave photography continued for 12 years at work and on weekends.
During this weekend, I used to photograph caves on weekends. Money was also available in this work. Therefore, this work suits me in every respect. This work is so challenging that many times life and life survived.
The photo is of the deepest cave in the world located in the Caucasian Mountain of Russia.
Photographed two years ago the deepest cave in the Caucasian Mountain
Two years ago I went to take photos of the world's deepest cave (8 thousand feet deep) in Russia's Caucasian Mountain. While going to the cave, it seemed like I was climbing up Mount Everest. We would descend for 12 hours, then rest. We reached the bottom in 3 days in order of 12-12 hours. The team also had two Russian experts.
We had to stay there for 16 days to make a documentary. On the 10th day, suddenly we felt like a train was coming. It was revealed that there was a flood. To save lives, put the memory card in a waterproof bag and leave the camera, lighting and other equipment.
The only thing I can say from the journey so far is that if you have strength in your dreams and passion in work, then you get success. Otherwise, half-hearted work can also hurt.
First National Geographic editor rejected all photos, later he called
After writing the letter for 8 years, National Geographic called, the editor rejected all the photos, the cry came … if successful, the same editor called back. Wrote thousands of mails to work at the National Geographic Channel (NGC) while working. After 8 years, there was a call to come to Washington DC.
The editor appreciated the work and said that work harder. Create a new portfolio. Reached with a new portfolio after a year, he came out with tears in his eyes as negative feedback was received on every photo.
Luckily in 2008 I got a job in a magazine in Germany, where I roamed the world for 4 years and did 3 assignments. Meanwhile, in 2012, I received a call from the same editor of National Geographic and since then I have done photography of many inaccessible caves in the world.