A camera after all records the footprints of light. When these are traced on the highest and the most massive mountains on the planet, this chronicle of light turns into an aesthetic experience. Ashok Dilwali states by recording the footprints of the dark, captures the circling of the constellations in his nocturnal photography, moves on the pre-twilight hours of rose-shadow, mauve-shadow to the moment when just the jagged line mountain peaks emerge, while the body of the mountain in still coated with night. Then comes the moment, when in Khayyam's words, the Sultan's turret is struck by a shaft of light.
'Dawn to dark' has been set through a play of light, made rich with poetic expressions of mountains and peppered by the peppered by the photographer's spine-chilling experiences in his own words. This is not just another book on the pretty Himalayas; this is a statement of photographer's work on one serious subject involving a whole lifetime.