I was finishing my last book, India – A Timeless Celebration – which was about six faiths in India, and was looking for a new assignment. That was when an international agency approached me for a shoot around the theme of conflict zones.
That was in 2006. It was the first time I was going to Kashmir since my childhood.
I walked into a bizarre situation – Things were getting back to normal, but nothing was normal. It was very much a conflict zone.
After about ten days there, I decided I had to do a series.
As a photographer, I was struck by the mesmerizing beauty of Kashmir. It’s a beauty that hits you, traps you, sucks you in.
Later on, though, the book shaped up differently and it became much more than just the physical beauty of the place.
Image: Pahalgam, 2009
Image Copyright: Amit Mehra. Republished from Kashmir, with permission from Penguin Books India