Temple of the Water God

I believe that water is the closest thing to a god we have here on Earth.”

— Alex Z Moores Living in Water

The Randenigala Reservoir, surrounded by the jungles of the Rantembe Reserve. December 2018. If water is the one true god of our planet, then the reservoirs we’ve built over millennia must be its greatest temples.

• 24mm • f/8 • 1/1600 • ISO800 • 5DMkIII & EF24-105/4L •


Mountain in the Jungle

Vegetable gardens, tea plantations, waterfalls, and jungle, climb layer upon layer, into the sky. Dedugala, on the way from Kegalle to Nawalapitiya, in May 2018, to shoot ‘Mountains in the Jungle’, which ran in the June issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines.

• 18mm • f/8 • 1/50 • ISO100 • circular polariser • 600D & EF-S18-200/3.5-5.6

The Dawn of Empires

Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence paddy fields in Battaramulla, in the eastern suburbs of Colombo. June 2022.

Nature’s Roads

In the rainforest, man must follow nature to be part of nature. The only way to move unobtrusively through this jungle is to take the road set before you. And that road usually follows water, as it carves its way through rock and tree. As Frederick Spencer Chapman wrote, the jungle itself is neutral; neither giving nor taking. Only revealing. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines, in the Kuru Ganga Valley, during my unsuccessful first attempt to find the Batadombalena Cave, in December 2015. I managed it the next year, and my photo story, The Cave in the Jungle, ran in the March 2016 issue.

Allegala Falls, Dumbara Valley, Sri Lanka

Shrunk to a trickle by the dry June weather, the waterfall descends the western side of the Dumbara Valley, the floor of which is rarely more than a few hundred metres across for most of its length, only broadening as it approaches the Hasalaka River, further north. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines. My story, The Last Royal Weavers’, was the July 2017 cover feature.

Irrigated Paddy Fields, Mawanella

Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines. My photo story, Eating like a Farmer’, ran in the May 2017 issue.

A Wee House in the Jungle

Coconut, areca palm, and other domesticated trees mark human habitation, deep in the dense forest above the Wee Oya, close to Dedugala, in Kegalle. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines. My photo story, Mountains in the Jungle, ran in the June 2018 issue.

An Afternoon Walk in the Jungle

But a wet one. As I’ve said before, stream- and riverbeds are the jungle’s corridors; but they aren’t always conveniently dry. Shot on assignment for 230i and Verger Natural, somewhere in Kegalle, in September 2017.