In her new book, photographer Victoria Lautman shares some of her breathtaking photographs of the stepwells in India that are slowly disappearing. They are found in great creations of ancient architecture, most often in mosques, temples, and palaces. They were created so that the people living in the area could easily access water.
Some of these structures are very simple and others are stunningly elaborate. Of the stepwells, Lautman says, “Descending into the earth is a profound experience, one in which sweltering heat turns to enveloping cool, and noises become hushed."
Let's take a look at some of her incredible photographs.