Rocky channel of the Ganges at Bhairamghati
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the rocky channel of the Ganges at Bhaironghati, taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s. Bhaironghati is situated at the confluence of the Bhagirathi with the Jadhganga rivers. Both rivers flow through deep gorges confined by perpendicular walls of granite and wild landscape. The rocks resemble massive towers.
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. Unusual geological formations composed their own subgenre and picturesque subject matter.