• 90mm • f/5.6 • 1/800 • ISO400 • Canon 600D & EF-S18-200/3.5-5.6 •


Blind Faith

A blind woman prays at the main altar of St Lucia’s Cathedral, Kotahena. 21st April 2021. Lucia of Syracuse, venerated by the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, and Eastern Orthodox churches as St Lucy, is the patron saint of the blind. In medieval accounts, Lucia’s eyes were gouged out before her execution during the 4th century Diocletianic Persecution, but that they were seen to be miraculously restored before her burial. Probably the best known of the Virgin Martyrs, she is one of only eight women commemorated in the Roman Catholic Canon of the Mass. St Lucia’s Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Colombo, and is said to be Sri Lanka’s oldest and largest parish cathedral. Construction began in 1872, but work was halted or delayed periodically for lack of funds and, though the cathedral began serving mass in 1881, it wasn’t until 1902 that the building was declared complete.

• 16mm • f/2.8 • 1/160 • ISO1600 •  5DMkIV & EF16-35/2.8L courtesy Canon/Metropolitan

Special Feature — MOUNT EDEN: a Visit to the Daham Sevana Seminary in Kalutara

I have always had mixed views of the ideological seclusion of the young, be it for political or religious reasons. I have never been convinced that taking young boys and men out of their everyday lives and focusing them to a single purpose is the moral thing to do. Having served in the military, I understood its effectiveness, and its appeal, which made me consider its morality even more.”

Daham Sevana sits in beautiful peace and seclusion, its chapel built, in the 1950’s, by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
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Almost Christmas

A teenage choir awaits their cue to take part in a Christmas carol service at the Anglican Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour. Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo. December 2018.

• 24mm • f/4 • 1/1000 • ISO400 • 5DMkIV & EF24-105/4L 

Stripes that Wound

Detail of the heavy, scarred wooden doors of the Wolvendaalse Kerk, in Hulftsdorp. October 2022. They first opened in 1757, and the church behind them is the oldest continuously used Christian worship site in Sri Lanka.

• 24mm • f/2.8 • 1/1000 • ISO100 • R6 & RF24-70/2.8L •

Coke of the Masses

Colpetty Junction, Colombo. October 2022.

• 24mm • f/2.8 • 1/125 • ISO12800 •

Christ Church, Mutwal

Consecrated in 1854, the Gal Palliya (‘stone church’ in Sinhalese, for its distinctive dark granite) was the Anglican Church’s first cathedral in Ceylon, and was the seat of the Bishop of Colombo for 116 years until, in 1970, that seat moved to the newly built Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour, in Cinnamon Gardens. The grounds of Christ Church, now slowly being squeezed by the ever-widening Aluthmawatha that divides it from the Colombo Port, once held the first humble classrooms of what would become St Thomas’ College, Mt Lavinia. Shot in April 2021.

• 16mm • f/8 • 1/160 • ISO100 • 5DMkIV & EF 16-35/2.8L courtesy Canon/Metropolitan.

Church, Temple, and that Old Red Line

Anglican and Roman Catholic nuns calling for Sri Lankan President Gotabhaya Rajapakse and his government to step down, protest against the backdrop of the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapakse Theatre, a stark reminder of the wasteful policies of a regime that has brought the country to economic ruin. Colombo, April 2022.

• 18mm • f/3.5 • 1/800 • ISO800 •

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Shall I Play for You

Children’s Choir, Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour, Colombo. Christmas, 2018. Shot on assignment for Smart Media and Gateway College.