Land of Lalla Rookh - westward from the 'Throne of Solomon' - Srinagar, Cashmere
Photographer: Ricalton, James
Medium: Photographic print
Stereoscopic Photograph of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, taken by James Ricalton in c. 1903, from the The Underwood Travel Library: Stereoscopic Views of India. This is a view looking westward along a straight avenue towards the town of Srinagar, with the Raja's Palace just visible in the distance on the right and the cantonment sports fields on the left. It is described by Ricalton in 'India Through the Stereoscope' (1907). 'We may call the level space on the left of that straight avenue the playground of the cantonment, as it is there all games and sports are held. It is often called the polo-ground, for it is where that popular equestrian game is played. The river is but a few yards to the left of that ground, and at the farther side, on the left, you can see a portion of the artificial bank of the river.' This is one of a series of 100 photographs that were 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.