They keep fiddling with the camera. Your plea to pay attention is simply overturned. They would listen but not without fiddling the camera. Most of the times, in newsrooms, you can’t understand a word when they start to talk about camera techniques and equipment.
Yet, deep down, we understand the language of artists through the vision and not in the technique or the machine. When we sit to write news at the end of the day we feel sort of jealous seeing them leave newsrooms. What we don’t mostly notice is the camera, which despite the day’s work, hangs around their necks.
They call the camera their gun, like we call pen our sword. And with this gun they like to roam around when Kashmir sleeps! This is a collection of photographs captured using a certain technique over a period of five years by Kashmir Dispatch’s photo-editor Yawar Kabli.
The revered Hazratbal is reflected on the waters of Dal lake in Srinagar during summer.
Tents of pilgrims during the Amarnath Yatra glow during the night.
A traditional Kashmir house is reflected on the waters of Jehlum river during pre-dawn hours on a day in Feburary this year.
This is a shot of Jammu city in March this year.
The picture is from a marriage fucntion in Jammu. Owing to conflcit in Kashmir marriages are held mostly during the day.
The picture has been taken during the rainy season. Jehlum has swelled and the clouds march along the historic river.
This is a shot taken from the Bund near Lal Chowk. Houseboats queue up in silence as Jehlum flows.
This is a shot of Amira Kadal. A vendor waits for customers amid a heavy snowfall.
A beam of light falls on the tents put up for Amarnath pilgrim.
A man rows a Shikara to his home in Dal Lake.
A man drives his house-driven cart after serving tourists on the banks of Dal Lake.
This is a picture of Amar Palace in Jammu.
Lights from houseboats create patterns on the waters of Dal Lake.
Shankaracharya Temple located on the hill of Solomon (Koh-i-Suleman)in Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar.
A picture of river Jehlum taken from the Bund during summer.
Another view of Jehlum from the same spot.
The new Zero Bridge on the Jehlum.
This is the broader view of Amira Kadal during early summer.
A lightning storm captured from a house in Srinagar.
This is a picture of clock tower late in the evening.
Various light sources lite up camps put up for Amarnath pilgrims.
Houses look like crickets on the Line of Control that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.
A boat is silhouetted against the light during a summer night in 2010. People used boats to cross Jehlum during harsh days of curfew.
Moon hidden in clouds is partially reflected on the waters of Jehlum.
This is a picture of Hari Singh High Street during late evening rains this summer.