Closing Time on Keyzer Street
Shutters begin to fall with the twilight in Pettah, Colombo’s shopping and market district. January 2023.

• 35mm • f/4 • 1/125 • ISO4000 • R6 & RF14-35/4L •


Dinner in Pettah

A kiosk on Keyzer Street provides a light takeaway to weary workers heading for home. Colombo, January 2023.

• 35mm • f/4 • 1/125 • ISO4000 • R6 & RF14-35/4L •

Evening Tea in Pettah
A kiosk on the corner of Keyzer and 3rd Cross streets provides sustenance to shoppers and departing city workers alike. Colombo, January 2023.

• 26mm • f/4 • 1/125 • ISO4000 • R6 & RF14-35/4L •

Morning Tea in Pettah #2
Years ago, in a piece for Outlook India, I wrote, ‘Everything in Sri Lanka is either sweet or spicy. Often both. Our people; our tea.’ And that’s exactly what Rasa’s tea is like; lip-burning hot, tongue-stinging gingery, and so thick with sugar that my spit makes the filter of my Gold Leaf sticky. Prince Street, Pettah. September 2022.

• 35mm • f/1.8 • 1/320 • ISO200 • Canon R6 & RF 35/1.8 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan.

Breakfast in Pettah
An early customer waits for his rotti and tea in an alley off Keyzer Street. September 2022.

• 35mm • f/2.8 • 1/25 • ISO400 • Canon R6 & RF 35/1.8 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan.
Meanwhile, at the end of the passageway, breakfast service is already in full swing.

• 35mm • f/2.8 • 1/80 • ISO800 •

“We’ll Have the Snapper, and Make it Snappy.”
Dinner negotiations on the Panama Road, Arugam Bay. May 2022.

• 50mm • f/1.4 • 1/160 • ISO400 • Canon 5DMkIII & EF 50/1.4 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan.

Travel in the Time of Covid #2
Shore By O! on Mt Lavinia Beach, just south of Colombo City, in August 2020; usually a popular place for sundowners, with both locals and international travellers crowding the tables. As Sri Lanka comes out of its latest period of round-the-clock lockdown, a year on, pubs and bars haven’t been allowed to open after they were ordered shut in mid-May.

Virtual Restauranting

The staff behind the counter of an empty Colombo diner are as busy as ever, filling delivery orders. In a city with a high demand for food delivery even before the Corona Pandemic, delivery has now taken over eating out. Many restaurants have no dine in customers at all, and operate solely on delivery. Sri Lanka, Christmas 2020.

*EOS R & EF16-35mm/f2.8L courtesy Canon/Metropolitan.

Street Café, Pettah Style

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Far away from the fashionable cafés of Cinnamon Gardens, a narrow alley in Colombo’s market district, Pettah, becomes a makeshift café for that mid-morning break. Sri Lanka, January 2020.
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