Posted on: 21 June 2013

Glen near Kulu Valley - 1866

Photograph of a glen near Kulu Valley from the 'Strachey Collection of Indian Views', taken by Samuel Bourne in 1866.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.

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Looks like BC!

a hundred years later, India's northern mountain regions still held picturesque glens... but less than fifty years after that, the hillsides are covered by more tree-stumps than trees... sad..

It is sad in the country that has so much wealth but some people are still using wood for cooking.

Great Bala. Thanks for sharing.