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 •


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 •


Fishermen pluck their afternoon catch out of a drag net pulled in from the shore. Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka. May 2022.

• 50mm • f/2.8 • 1/250 • ISO100 • Canon 5DMkIII & EF 50/1.4 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan.

Lunch Set Menu

The 500g ‘alagoduwa’, which we had traded a handful of Goldleafs for, was later steamed for lunch, accompanied by fried rice, salad, and chips. Weligama, Sri Lanka. May 2022.

• 18mm • f/3.5 • 1/400 • ISO100 • polariser •

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First Catch

The morning catch comes off a Sri Lankan motorised outrigger fishing canoe at Weligama Bay. May 2022.

• 18mm • f/3.5 • 1/500 • ISO100 • polariser •

Fish Mongers, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Fish Monger #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Fish mongers sell seafood in a southern Colombo suburb under lockdown. The young man on the left is a tattoo artist from Hikkaduwa, one of the country’s most famous tourist towns, forced now to sell fish to make ends meet. For many others, however, opportunities such as this are few. Colombo, Sri Lanka. 7th May 2020: day 48 of the lockdown.
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“Maalu! Maalu! Maaluuuuu!” #2

Fish Monger #7 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Colombo, Sri Lanka. 29th April 2020: day 40 of the lockdown. A fish monger perches on the back of his delivery lorry, cruising through a southern Colombo suburb.
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“Maalu! Maalu! Maaluuuuu!”

Queuing for Fish #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Colombo, Sri Lanka. 17th April 2020: day 28 of the lockdown.
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Dry Fish, Keyzer Street Market, Pettah

Salt Fish, Keyzer Street, Pettah by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Known as “karawala” in Sinhalese, this highly fragrant preserved fish is prepared by first marinating the cleaned fish overnight in salt before sun-drying it for three days. “Karawala” is a well-known part of Sri Lankan cuisine, and can be cooked as a curry or eaten the way it is, as a flavoursome side dish. “Karawala” can be found throughout Sri Lanka’s coastal belt, in open market stalls along roads and streets. In the photograph, “karawala” is displayed in a large market in the Old Colombo zone of Pettah, in April 2018.