Lights, camera, Kashmir!

. KD Desk

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.

Lights from houses and houseboats are reflected on the waters of river Jehlum in Kashmir's historic Old City during a night in Winter.

Lights from houses and houseboats are reflected on the waters of river Jehlum in Kashmir's historic Old City during a night in Winter.

The revered Hazratbal is reflected on the waters of Dal lake in Srinagar during summer.

Lights from houses and houseboats are reflected on the waters of river Jehlum in Kashmir's historic Old City during a night in Winter.

Tents of pilgrims during the Amarnath Yatra glow during the night.

Lights from houses and houseboats are reflected on the waters of river Jehlum in Kashmir's historic Old City during a night in Winter.

A traditional Kashmir house is reflected on the waters of Jehlum river during pre-dawn hours on a day in Feburary this year.

Lights from houses and houseboats are reflected on the waters of river Jehlum in Kashmir's historic Old City during a night in Winter.

This is a shot of Jammu city in March this year.

Lights from houses and houseboats are reflected on the waters of river Jehlum in Kashmir's historic Old City during a night in Winter.

The picture is from a marriage fucntion in Jammu. Owing to conflcit in Kashmir marriages are held mostly during the day.

Lights from houses and houseboats are reflected on the waters of river Jehlum in Kashmir's historic Old City during a night in Winter.

The picture has been taken during the rainy season. Jehlum has swelled and the clouds march along the historic river.

Lights from houses and houseboats are reflected on the waters of river Jehlum in Kashmir's historic Old City during a night in Winter.

This is a shot taken from the Bund near Lal Chowk. Houseboats queue up in silence as Jehlum flows.

Lights from houses and houseboats are reflected on the waters of river Jehlum in Kashmir's historic Old City during a night in Winter.

This is a shot of Amira Kadal. A vendor waits for customers amid a heavy snowfall.

Lights from houses and houseboats are reflected on the waters of river Jehlum in Kashmir's historic Old City during a night in Winter.

A beam of light falls on the tents put up for Amarnath pilgrim.

Lights from houses and houseboats are reflected on the waters of river Jehlum in Kashmir's historic Old City during a night in Winter.

A man rows a Shikara to his home in Dal Lake.

Lights from houses and houseboats are reflected on the waters of river Jehlum in Kashmir's historic Old City during a night in Winter.

A man drives his house-driven cart after serving tourists on the banks of Dal Lake.

Lights from houses and houseboats are reflected on the waters of river Jehlum in Kashmir's historic Old City during a night in Winter.

This is a picture of Amar Palace in Jammu.

Lights from houses and houseboats are reflected on the waters of river Jehlum in Kashmir's historic Old City during a night in Winter.

Lights from houseboats create patterns on the waters of Dal Lake.

Lights from houses and houseboats are reflected on the waters of river Jehlum in Kashmir's historic Old City during a night in Winter.

Shankaracharya Temple located on the hill of Solomon (Koh-i-Suleman)in Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar.

Lights from houses and houseboats are reflected on the waters of river Jehlum in Kashmir's historic Old City during a night in Winter.

A picture of river Jehlum taken from the Bund during summer.

Lights from houses and houseboats are reflected on the waters of river Jehlum in Kashmir's historic Old City during a night in Winter.

Another view of Jehlum from the same spot.

Lights from houses and houseboats are reflected on the waters of river Jehlum in Kashmir's historic Old City during a night in Winter.

The new Zero Bridge on the Jehlum.

Lights from houses and houseboats are reflected on the waters of river Jehlum in Kashmir's historic Old City during a night in Winter.

This is the broader view of Amira Kadal during early summer.

Lights from houses and houseboats are reflected on the waters of river Jehlum in Kashmir's historic Old City during a night in Winter.

A lightning storm captured from a house in Srinagar.

Lights from houses and houseboats are reflected on the waters of river Jehlum in Kashmir's historic Old City during a night in Winter.

This is a picture of clock tower late in the evening.

Lights from houses and houseboats are reflected on the waters of river Jehlum in Kashmir's historic Old City during a night in Winter.

Various light sources lite up camps put up for Amarnath pilgrims.

Lights from houses and houseboats are reflected on the waters of river Jehlum in Kashmir's historic Old City during a night in Winter.

Houses look like crickets on the Line of Control that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Lights from houses and houseboats are reflected on the waters of river Jehlum in Kashmir's historic Old City during a night in Winter.

A boat is silhouetted against the light during a summer night in 2010. People used boats to cross Jehlum during harsh days of curfew.

Lights from houses and houseboats are reflected on the waters of river Jehlum in Kashmir's historic Old City during a night in Winter.

Moon hidden in clouds is partially reflected on the waters of Jehlum.

Lights from houses and houseboats are reflected on the waters of river Jehlum in Kashmir's historic Old City during a night in Winter.

This is a picture of Hari Singh High Street during late evening rains this summer.

Comments  

+1 #6 Yaseer 2013-11-17 06:01
Beautiful and awesome.... Panun kashmir.

Missing my kashmir......

Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.”
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+1 #5 Ahmad 2013-11-06 18:49
Wonderful pictures Great work
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0 #4 Gauhar Siraj 2013-10-08 15:46
Lovely pics, but completely spoiled by the in your face watermark of KD. A lighter water mark would have made much difference while preserving the copryright at the same time.
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0 #3 Adil 2013-10-06 15:05
Quoting Altaf gagroo:
Last pic is not residency road its hari singh high street if i am not wrong

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Altaf, it is Hari Singh High Street. The caption is correct.
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0 #2 sajad 2013-10-06 12:36
really these are excellent work done by the concerned photographer....... i had not seen such beautiful pics in my life so for......obliviously photographer is genus one
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0 #1 Altaf gagroo 2013-10-05 18:31
Last pic is not residency road its hari singh high street if i am not wrong

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