smaraNa in sanskrit means “recollection.”

Deep in the foothills of the Himalayas, staring at the majestic, sun-kissed, snow-laden mountains around you, you can’t help but feel a sense of calm. It’s like meditating with your eyes open.

Through this series, I have attempted to register the calm that the eyes could see, the body could feel and the mind could transcend.

Each image holds secrets. Secrets that unravel themselves each time you look. Looking at the images helps me recollect the feeling of transcendence I felt amidst those mountains.

—Sandeep Dhopate