Beneath the Ice

Walking through an ice cave is an experience unlike any other since it is literally like walking through a portal in time. For thousands of years the ground here was buried under the ice. Warming summers cause rivers of melted ice to flow beneath the surface, carving out these tunnels on its way to lower ground. As the sunlight from above shines down through the ice, the blue minerals inside the ice illuminates, creating a colorful glow inside the cave. I wanted to really show the exploration from the outside world into one of these caves with the story of a person walking on land that had been forgotten under the ice for thousands of years.


Michael Castaneda


Growing up, I was one of those people who really disliked going out into nature. I felt comfort in the city and had no passion to ever leave. When I moved across the country, I was exposed to what nature truly is and it completely changed my entire life. A camera somehow found its way into my hand and I decided that I wanted to start showing the world some truly amazing places in hopes of preventing anyone from ever being like my younger and very naive self. As I began to form a style, two painters were actually my inspiration, Bierstadt and Kinkade. Their ability to portray the dance of light and shadows inspired me to create images of a once hidden world to me and expose it from beyond the shadows.



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Jokulsarlon, Iceland

Time of Day

Mid Day

Light Source

Ice Cave Opening




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