Black and White
I first saw the Jantar Mantar in 1989 while in Delhi waiting for permission to photograph ancient temple sites across India. In Delhi I was just a tourist, carrying a lightweight medium format camera with black and white film and no tripod. Nothing could have prepared me for the experience that followed as I entered through a low archway into the observatory compound. As a photographer, this first encounter was wordlessly visual and profound. The precise geometry and unusual size of the Jantar Mantar structures was arresting, and I sensed in them a body of knowledge that I could feel but not comprehend. Barry Perlus
Steps of the west quadrant of the Samrat yantra with the Jai Prakash and Ram yantra in the background
Entry to the Ram Yantra from the upper level of the Jai Prakash
Central column of the Ram Yantra seen through one of the apertures in the outer wall
Steps at the Misra Yantra
Looking down into the Jai Prakash
Interior of the Jai Prakash. Traces of the coordinate systems can be seen in the weathered plaster surface.
Steps and indexes of the Jai Prakash
Entry to the Jai Prakash
Quadrants of the Misra Yantra