A Trip by Air and Kayak Through Tham Khoun Xe, One of the Largest Active River Caves on Earth

Beijing-based photographer Ryan Deboodt (previously) recently returned from a trip to Laos where he spent two days exploring Tham Khoun Xe, one of the largest active rivers caves in the world. Stretching nearly 4.5 miles (7km) underground, the cave system is extraordinarily remote and Deboodt was permitted to photograph and film beyond where tourists are normally allowed to visit. The immensity of the subterranean space is staggering, with an average ceiling of almost 200 feet (60m) and width of 250 feet (76m) it’s hardly imaginable a space like this could exist underground.

Deboodt brought an arsenal of camera and video equipment as well as a drone to capture the expansive interiors of Tham Khoun Xe, much of which he edited into a short video included below. You can follow more of his cave photography from around the world on Facebook or Instagram, and read an interview about the endeavor on SmithsonianThanks Colossal


Highlight of the day: ridgewalking for an hour and finding a hidden cave. I went back about 100 feet before I realized I should’ve grabbed knee pads. I’ll definitely have to revisit this secret nook and see how far back it goes.
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An Ice Cave inside Iceland’s Vatnajokull Glacier


Waves of the Atlantic Ocean striking the coastline in Barbados.

Tahm x Kindred. Commission of an unusual pairing.

I don’t care much for Tahm, but I wouldn’t pass a chance to draw Lamb. It’s helpful to not think of objects as objects, but rather shapes and forms you can play around with. Simplifying the cliff faces in the background and painting it Light > Shadow > Reflected Light in that order really kept things from going too crazy at once. The grass I treated as if it had the same lighting properties as a lit candle (similar to the light scattering in the wax), then threw in some strands here and there. 

I don’t really have a focus for what to write in these descriptions aside from quick things that come to mind. If anyone’s interested in the process of have any questions, maybe I can respond to them here in the future!

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