Wayfarers on a straight 30-mile road lined with stately poplars, Baramula to Cashmere, India
Photographer: Ricalton, James
Medium: Photographic print
Stereoscopic photograph of an avenue of poplars near Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, taken by James Ricalton in c. 1903, from The Underwood Travel Library: Stereoscopic Views of India. Poplars are fast growing trees which are often planted along roadsides or river and canal banks to act as wind barriers. 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 with precise locations to enable the 'traveller' to imagine that he was 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.