Sri Lanka’s Lotus Tower is probably the most easily noticeable symbol of the government corruption and ineptitude that brought on the worst economic catastrophe in the island nation’s history. Ordered by former President Mahinda Rajapakse in 2012, the tower, the tallest in South Asia, , and visible from practically every part of the capital, Colombo is viewed by many as a vanity project, costing as much as $104 million to build, but with little use beyond glorifying the leadership of the former president and his party (the Sri Lanka Podujana Pakshaya’s symbol is a lotus). This photograph was taken from 5th Cross Street, in the city’s market district of Pettah, in January 2023.
• 35mm • f/4 • 1/100 • ISO6400 • R6 & RF14-35/4L •
The Lotus Tower, Colombo. October 2022.
• 70mm • f/2.8 • 1/125 • ISO32000 • R6 & RF24-70/2.8L •
The Beira Lake, Colombo, Sri Lanka. September 2022.
• 24mm • f/10 • 10s • ISO100 • tripod • Canon R6 & RF 24-105/4L courtesy Canon/Metropolitan.
Maradana, Colombo. July 2021.
“Thus each of us had to be content to live only for the day, alone under the vast indifference of the sky. This sense of being abandoned, which might in time have given characters a finer temper, began, however, by sapping them to the point of futility.”
— Albert Camus The Plague