Ashes to Dust
General Cemetery, Borella. 27th December 2022.

• 46mm • f/2.8 • 1/40 • ISO400 • R6 & RF24-70/2.8L • polariser •


Beach Morning Glory
Also known as bayhops and goat’s foot, Ipomoea pes-caprae sprawls across the sunlit morning beaches of Waikkal, north of Colombo. These are recent re-edits of pictures I shot for my very first Explore Sri Lanka assignment, in November 2015. My piece, Waterworld Waikkal, ran in the December issue that year.

• 24mm • f/2.8 • 1/400 • ISO100 • 600D & EF-S24/2.8 • circular polariser •

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Flower Power
A young man on 4th Cross Street, in the Pettah, surrounded by the fragrant jasmine garlands he makes and sells from a small stall. Colombo, September 2022. Flower garlands play a significant part in Hindu culture; used to bedeck the likenesses of deities in worship ceremonies, as a sign of blessing during a wedding, and as a symbolic form of welcome to an honoured guest, to name just some of the many occasions they are seen. Jasmine figures prominently in garlands in Sri Lanka, known as a symbol of purity and modesty, but also of love, beauty, and sensuousness.

• 35mm • f/1.8 • 1/800 • ISO200 • Canon R6 & RF 35/1.8 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan

Beauties in the Holies
Anuradha Perera and Shermaine Willis, at the Temple of the Tooth, for Ashraff Associates and The Radh, Kandy, in October 2018.

Beauty from Garbage
Weras Lake, Bellanwila, after a night of rain in November 2021. Many of these lakes in the southern suburbs of Colombo, which are central features of landscaped jogging and cycling tracks, have been created by using the wetlands around the Weras River as landfills. The city’s garbage (including huge quantities of plastic) has been emptied into these marshes, creating land on which footpaths, recreational areas, and premium housing have been built. Despite the fact that the wetlands stretching south to the Bolgoda Lake include areas designated wildlife sanctuaries, much of its water has been drained by the landscaping into deep pools that form artificial lakes. While these water features still teem with birds and reptiles, they are a heavily polluted manmade ecosystem that doesn’t support many of the creatures endemic to the original marshlands.

Offerings to Go
Anuradha Perera and Shermaine Willis, for Ashraff Associates and The Radh, Kandy. Temple of the Tooth, October 2018.

From Darkness to the Light
Happy New Year, everybody! Water lilies (Nymphaea nouchali) bloom from the depths of the Maminiyawa Tank, close to Kekirawa, in north-central Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka. My photo story, The Road to Ritigala, ran in the March 2016 issue.