The Hook
The boots may be well past their prime, but the wearers aren’t giving any ground, as the Old Wesleyite Sports Club battles the Wesley College First XV for the Danton D’Abrera Shield. Campbell Park, May 2023.

• 400mm • f/5.6 • 1/1250 • ISO800 • Canon R6, with an EF100-400/4.5-5.6L II courtesy Canon/Metropolitan


Vesak in the Sky with Lanterns

‘Going to see Vesak,’ on Navam Mawatha, Colombo. May 2023.

• 24mm • f/2.8 • 1/250 • ISO4000 • Canon R6 & RF24-70/2.8L •

Campbell Park, Colombo. May 2023.

• 400mm • f/5.6 • 1/1600 • ISO800 • Canon R6, with an EF100-400/4.5-5.6L II courtesy Canon/Metropolitan

Sri Lankan rice and curry of (clockwise from bottom left) gotukola mallum (shredded Indian pennywort), curried pumpkin in coconut milk, fried leeks, jackfruit seeds with cabbage, stir-fried carrot, deep fried bitter gourd, date and lime jam, and (in the centre) kaluheeneti rice and chicken curry.

Blink and You’ll Miss it
Lineout, Campbell Park, May 2023.

• 100mm • f/4.5 • 1/4000 • ISO800 • Canon R6, with an EF100-400/4.5-5.6L II courtesy Canon/Metropolitan

The High Road
Chamath Gomez sails one to the boundary, as Wesley mount a spirited but ultimately futile chase, the Double Blues falling at the double Nelson, 19 runs short of St Benedict’s 241, in the Luke Shield one-day encounter at the Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo. 25th May 2023.

• 800mm • f/11 • 1/1250 • ISO1250 • Canon R6, with an RF800/11 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan

Mother and child, Slave Island, May 2023.

• 70mm • f/2.8 • 1/320 • ISO1600 • Canon R6 & RF24-70/2.8L •

Dragon Light
An intricately designed Vesak lantern by the roadside in Colombo. Most Vesak lanterns are simple 12-panelled bamboo and paper constructions made at home, but not so these huge two-storey electrically powered rotating contraptions that compete with each other for the crowds (and often for a cash prize). In the past, many of these were commissioned by trade unions, craft cooperatives, and other social clubs, but today, they’re most likely built by the military, under orders to make this Buddhist celebration a success. Sri Lanka, May 2023.

• 48mm • f/2.8 • 1/125 • ISO2000 • Canon R6 & RF24-70/2.8L •