Shelling rice and gossiping with the neighbors - home life of contented citizens of Cashmere
Photographer: Ricalton, James
Medium: Photographic print
Stereoscopic photograph of a domestic scene at Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, taken by James Ricalton in c. 1903, from The Underwood Travel Library: Stereoscopic Views of India. This is a view of a thatched house with men and women sitting around a rice-mortar. Although the man on the right is posing with the rich-pounding stick, the women usually pound the rice. This is one of a series of 100 photographs, designed to be viewed through a special binocular viewer, producing a 3D effect. They were sold together with a book of descriptions and a map with precise locations to enable the 'traveller' to imagine that he was really '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.