Karawala Mudalali

A dry fish merchant (or karawala mudalali), surrounded by his pungent stock. Keyzer Street, Pettah. January 2023.

• 22mm • f/4 • 1/125 • ISO4000 • R6 & RF14-35/4L •


COVID wasn’t the Only Disease #3

Buddhika Lakmala National STD/AIDS Control Programme (NSACP) outreach worker, poses in full PPE outside his Slave Island clinic, in January 2022. NSACP mobile teams continued to operate throughout the pandemic, and Buddhika is about to head out to nearby Stewart Street to take blood samples, and hand out HIV self-tests, needles, condoms, and educational literature to heroin addicts. Shot on assignment for Panos Pictures and The Global Fund.

• 105mm • f/4 • 1/500 • ISO125 • 5DMkIV & EF 24-105/f4L courtesy Canon/Metropolitan

Karawala Karayo

Dry fish merchants, surrounded by their pungent stock. Keyzer Street, Pettah. January 2023.

• 14mm • f/4 • 1/125 • ISO2500 • R6 & RF14-35/4L •

Behind the Beach #2

Dr Dharshani Wijewickrama, head of the STD Clinic, Mahamodara Hospital, Galle. Shot on assignment for Panos Pictures and The Global Fund, in January 2022.

• 24mm • f/4 • 1/80 • ISO800 • 5DMkIV & EF 24-105/f4L courtesy Canon/Metropolitan

Street Meditative

Wolfendhal Street, Pettah. October 2022.

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

Enslaved in Slave Island #10

Current and recovering addicts in the Wekanda Housing Scheme, on Stewart Street; participating in a National STD/AIDS Control Programme (NSACP) outreach project in Slave Island. Shot on assignment for Panos Pictures and The Global Fund, in January 2022.

• 60mm • f/4 • 1/800 • ISO100 • Canon 5DMkIV & EF 24-105/f4L, courtesy 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

Mango Season

Mangoes, and the ever-in-season Sri Lankan bananas (or plantains, as they’re commonly called here), being sold from a cart on Central Road, in Wolvendaal, in October 2022.* If you aren’t ready to take them home to ripen to sweetness, a case of exploding mangoes may be instantly had with the liberal sprinkling of chilli and salt.

• 24mm • f/2.8 • 1/1000 • ISO200 • R6 & RF24-70/2.8L •

Breakfast in Pettah #6

A cook at work on Wolfendhal Street. October 2022.

• 35mm • f/2.8 • 1/125 • ISO160 • R6, with RF35/1.8 from Canon/Metropolitan

Surfer, Main Point #2

Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka. May 2022.

• 50mm • f/1.4 • 1/2000 • ISO100 • Canon 5DMkIII & EF 50/1.4 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan.