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Balain Pass between Dhurmsala & the Ravee River.

Balain Pass between Dhurmsala & the Ravee River.

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1863

Shelfmark: Photo 222/(57)

Item number: 22257

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Bleni Pass near Dharamsala, from the Strachey Collection of Indian Views, taken by Samuel Bourne in 1863. Samuel Bourne, the bank clerk and amateur photographer arrived in India in 1863 during the early years of commercial photography. Photographs taken during three expeditions to Kashmir and the Himalayas between 1863 and 1866 demonstrate his ability to combine technical skill and artistic vision. These views display a compositional elegance which appealed to Victorian notions of the ‘picturesque’; strategically framed landscapes of rugged mountain scenery, forests, rivers, lakes and rural dwellings. The Bleni Pass is situated about 3710 m above sea level. The trek from Dharamsala to the Bleni Pass in the milder ranges of the northwest is beautiful with its alpine pastures and woods.

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