Photographer's Note

I remain in Kashmir in 1977 but move to the state summer capital Srinagar. (Winters are cold in Srinagar at an elevation of 1585 meters above sea level, so each autumn the administration moves to Jammu at only 350 meters, returning to Srinagar in the spring.)

I have looked at a lot of almost forgotten files of old scans and picked a few photos that I didn't post before because they didn't seem technically good enough. They don't look any better now, but I will swallow my pride and show a few of them anyway, because they may have other qualities.

This is a discreet snapshot of a lady and her children on board their houseboat on one of the canals or bays in Srinagar. I guess it has some cultural value but it may not please others than those who like grainy B&W photos. I scanned it from an Ilford HP5 negative, not converted from colour.

The houseboats on the lakes and waterways in Srinagar are the city's most characteristic feature. They have been found here since the 19th century and probably became popular as residences for British and other foreign visitors who were forbidden by local laws to own land property. Nowadays many houseboats are used as hotels or B&B accommodations, but most of them, like the one in this photo, are the homes of ordinary locals.

Here is a larger version.

A WS photo shows a few persons gathered around a big basket in a market street somewhere in Srinagar.

I have earlier posted a photo and two workshops of houseboats in Srinagar showing also their surroundings.

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