Photographs by Mikael Kennedy.
On a recent trip to Santa Fe, NM photographer Mikael Kennedy took a short drive to the remote town of Española in search of some mythical caves he had read about while researching the Nakashima Church in Chama Canyon. The caves aren't listed anywhere on a map but, with the help of a friend who is proficient with Google Earth, Kennedy was able to pinpoint the exact location. It was worth it: the caves are breathtaking – hand carved and extremely ornate. They almost look fake. When asked about his experience Kennedy told me, “They are kept secret for a reason; somethings have to be earned and you tend to better respect the things you have to work for."