Please join us on 19 October for a presentation by club member Ryan Maurer on Cave Photography. Abstract: Below our feet lies a hidden world full of life, beauty, and drama. While out of sight and minds of most, this world has significant impacts on the health and vitality of our lives, environment, and economies. Written words will only get so far when trying to relate this to the common person and thus photography as a means of telling a story is crucial. Cave photography is difficult. It is technically unforgiving, physically abusive, and emotionally demanding. It eats up gear, and sometimes people. In this talk I will take you on a typical photo trip to the underground and share the unique experience that is bringing light to total darkness.

Bio: Ryan is a photographer and naturalist from southwest Pennsylvania. For the last ten years he has focused on photographing caves throughout the United States and bringing the stories of the underground world to light. He graduated from West Virginia University with degrees in Aerospace and Mechanical engineering and now works as a software developer for Mindera Software. He also works as a professional photographer and writer. Previously he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy. Today he lives south of Edgewater, Maryland with mis partner Hope Brooks, their cat Spike, and five snakes.