Jutogh, a military station, [looking] W.N.W. from Prospect Hill, Simla, India
Photographer: Ricalton, James
Medium: Photographic print
Stereoscopic photograph of Jutogh in Himachal Pradesh, taken by James Ricalton in c. 1903, from The Underwood Travel Library: Stereoscopic Views of India. This image is described by Ricalton in 'India Through the Stereoscope (1907), "We are standing at an elevation of seven thousand feet, while Jutogh is a trifle lower. We can see the soldier's barracks on one point and powerful batteries located on the smaller peak...You see the soldier's quarters on that crest, swept by cool mountain breezes, and the homes of the officers with their families in those houses a little below and to the westward." This is one of a series of 100 photographs designed to be viewed through a special binocular viewer, producing a 3D effect. The series was sold together with a book of descriptions and a map with precise locations to enable the 'traveller' to imagine that he was touring around India. Stereoscopic cameras, those with two lenses and the ability to take two photographs at the same time, were introduced in the mid 19th century and revolutionised photography. They cut down exposure time and thus allowed for some movement in the image without blurring as subjects were not required to sit for long periods to produce sharp results.