Poplar avenue with vines growing around the trunks, Srinagar
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of an avenue of poplars in Kashmir, from the 'Album of Indian Views', taken by Samuel Bourne in 1864. 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.
Poplars are fast growing trees which are often planted along roadsides or river and canal banks to act as wind barriers. In this view grapevines are trained around the living Poplar trees to act as a stable support for the growing vines.