View below the Meribul Pass, Singpore.
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
A view below the Meribul Pass in Kashmir, taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s. When Samuel Bourne (1834-1912) stood on Kashmir's Meribul Pass his response to the view was, "What a puny thing I felt standing on that crest of snow!--a mere atom, and scarcely that in so stupendous a world!" 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.