More than three million years ago, at the birth of humanity, our distant forebears took shelter in the caves. Many millennia afterwards, the caves were their studios and galleries, places in which the first artists created, inspired by their sheer depth and darkness.

Although we explore caves today from very different reasons, we have the opportunity to look at similar scenes. The interplay of light and shadow, particularly at the entrances, where daylight and the dark of the depths clash, turns the rock walls into a cinema screen. The cracks and irregularities take on organic shapes that arouse the imagination.

This hidden world that geological forces have been shaping for millions of years is one of the last undiscovered places on our planet. Caves, with their fossil and archaeological finds and prehistoric drawings, are a window into our past.

Is our look through this window essentially different from that of our ancestors? How different are our imagination and our fear of the unknown from theirs? Do we behave like the prisoners in the cave of Plato’s allegory? Or is the view through the window just a reminder that human presence is insignificant in the eons of the geological history of our planet? Are we perhaps just in passing, as inconstant as the shadows on the wall Plato’s underground theatre?

(To be published as an artist book)