Sometimes Life Gives You Oranges
Six for two-hundred bucks, on 2nd Cross Street, Pettah. January 2023.

• 35mm • f/4 • 1/125 • ISO1250 • R6 & RF14-35/4L •


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 •

Sour Sweet
One of my favourite fruit, soursop (Annona muricata), known locally as anodha or katu atha, is native to tropical parts of the Americas, but is widely cultivated in Indonesia, from where it was probably introduced to Sri Lanka by the Dutch. The name soursop is a derivative of the Dutch zuurzak, and has nothing to do with the fruit’s flavour, which is comparable to pineapple and mangosteen, but with a texture more like durian. It’s impossible to eat a good soursop without juice running down one’s chin, so the fruit also makes an excellent drink. Colombo, June 2021.

Restricted Flavours
Sliced mango, topped with buffalo curd and kitul honey. Mangoes have featured prominently in my diet these past weeks, as part of breakfast and as dessert. Like last year, the harsh and interminable round-the-clock curfew coincides with the mango season and, again, I find myself living on a property blessed with a mango tree. Last year, we had more mangoes than we could eat, giving them away to any takers before they rotted; and, it’s been much the same this time as well. Luckily, this is one of my favourite fruits; but I’m beginning to associate the taste of mango with oppression and hardship. Sri Lanka, 1st June 2020. Day 12 of the lockdown.
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Fresh Fruit

Fruit & Veges at the Colpetty Market #3 by Son of the Morning Light on
The Colpetty Market, Colombo, Sri Lanka. April 2018. To learn more about this interesting old doyen of the city, check out my photo story, ‘Prevailing Against All Odds‘, in Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines.

Quarantined Fruit

Quarantined Fruit #2 by Son of the Morning Light on
Apples bought from a door-to-door vendor in Colombo are washed and left outside for several hours, before being taken indoors, to kill any possibility of coronavirus infection.
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“Elolu! Elolu! Eloluuuuuuuu!”

Fruit & Veg Delivery #4 by Son of the Morning Light on
Mayday 2020: day 42 of the lockdown.
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Teatime at the FOSE Market, Pettah

Teatime in the FOSE Market, Pettah by Son of the Morning Light on
A fruit vendor takes his morning tea break on the job at the Federation of Self-Employees (FOSE) Market in the Pettah area of Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. January 2020.
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Choosing Mangoes, Manning Market, Pettah

Choosing Mangoes by Son of the Morning Light on
An elderly businesswoman examines mangoes in Colombo’s largest wholesale produce market; the Manning Market, Pettah, April 2018.
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