Up to the everlasting snows of Mt Kinchinjanga (28,156 ft), north from Darjeeling, India
Photographer: Ricalton, James
Medium: Photographic print
Stereoscopic photograph of a distant view of the Himalayas from Darjiling in West Bengal, taken by James Ricalton in c. 1903, from The Underwood Travel Library: Stereoscopic Views of India. This view is taken from the north of Darjiling in the early morning, with Mt Kinchinjanga (Kanchenjunga), located on the border of Sikkim and Nepal, in the distance. The name Kanchenjunga means "The Five Treasures of the Snow" in the local dialect, referring to its five summits; the tallest of the five peaks is 28,169 ft (8,586 m). This is one of a series of 100 photographs designed to be viewed through a special binocular viewer, producing a 3D effect, which were sold together with a book of descriptions and a map. 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.