A Busy Morning at the Onion Store

4th Cross Street, Pettah. September 2022. The wholesalers of Colombo’s market district keep the capital’s supermarkets, grocery stores, and restaurants supplied with produce trucked in each day from all across Sri Lanka and, without them, the city would go hungry.

• 35mm • f/2.8 • 1/200 • ISO400 • Canon R6 & RF 35/1.8 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan


Breakfast in Pettah #9

A potential customer checks his resources before ordering breakfast from a stall on New Moor Street, in Hulftsdorp. October 2022.

• 35mm • f/2.8 • 1/2000 • ISO200 • R6 & RF 35/1.8 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan

If I was a 16th Century Portuguese Photojournalist


And had the camera been invented, my photos of the Portuguese-Sinhalese wars might have looked a bit like this. Instead I’ve committed a bit of sacrilege and had a look at what all the fuss is about with AI, and used it to create a bunch of pictures from scratch. This is a first for my blog (and likely the last), since its whole point is to showcase my actual photography, but I thought this experiment was worth sharing.

This set of pictures is entirely AI-created, with even the prompts that created the images being composed by AI, with just a bit of editing (to the prompts, not the pictures), by me. It started off with me asking ChatGPT to give me a brief explanation of the 16th century Portuguese presence in the Colombo Fort. I then told this OpenAI chatbot to come up with a set of prompts which Midjourney could use to create pictures to illustrate its explanation. I then fed the prompts to Midjourney, adding that the pictures must look as if I had shot them on Kodak Tri-X film in my style of photography. These are the results.

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The Crevices of Wolfendhal Street

Hulftsdorp, Colombo. October 2022.

• 35mm • f/2.8 • 1/1000 • ISO400 • R6, with RF35/1.8 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan

Holy Smoke

A Wolfendhal Street shopkeeper lights a bowl of incense; a daily ritual at the opening of business. The smoke will then be carried through the premises, with the dual purpose of showing devotion to the local deities and driving out out any pests (natural or supernatural) that might have sneaked in during the night. Hulftsdorp, Colombo. October 2022.

• 35mm • f/2.8 • 1/1600 • ISO100 • R6, with RF35/1.8 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan

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Street Meditative

Wolfendhal Street, Pettah. October 2022.

• 35mm • f/2.8 • 1/160 • ISO125 • R6, with RF35/1.8 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan

Breakfast in Pettah #8

A food cart sets up to serve the early morning traffic of shop and office workers on Prince Street, in Pettah. September 2022.

• 35mm • f/2.8 • 1/100 • ISO100 • Canon R6 & RF 35/1.8 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan


New Moor Street, Hulftsdorp. October 2022.

• 35mm • f/2.8 • 1/640 • ISO200 • R6, with RF35/1.8 from Canon/Metropolitan

Breakfast in Pettah #7

Egg rottis are oiled, stretched, folded, and readied for the hot skillet. Wolfendhal Street, Kotahena. October 2022.

• 35mm • f/2.8 • 1/1000 • ISO400 • R6 & RF35/1.8 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan