Putting some spin on it, at J. Walter Thompson, Colombo, in February 2016

• 50mm • f/1.8 • 1/200 • ISO800 • 600D & EF50/1.8 •


When will It be My Turn? #3
The Workshop Players rehearse Akuna at the Lionel Wendt. February 2022.

• 53mm • f/4 • 1/50 • ISO12800 • EOS R & RF24-105mm f/4L courtesy Canon/Metropolitan

No More Street Cred
Protestors in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, demand the reinstatement of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his United National Party government, in October 2018.

• 200mm • f/5.6 • 1/400 • ISO200 • 600D & EF-S18-200/3.5-5.6 • polariser •

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A Soupçon of Refreshment #2
Bowls of hot soup are served up from a cart on Prince Street, for porters, vendors, and evening shoppers in Pettah. January 2023.

• 35mm • f/4 • 1/60 • ISO400 • R6 & RF14-35/4L •

Evening on 2nd Cross Street

Pedestrians, traffic, and pavement hawkers vie for space in Colombo’s major bazaar, the Pettah. January 2023.

• 35mm • f/4 • 1/125 • ISO800 • R6 & RF14-35/4L •

If I was a 16th Century Portuguese Photojournalist

And had the camera been invented, my photos of the Portuguese-Sinhalese wars might have looked a bit like this. Instead I’ve committed a bit of sacrilege and had a look at what all the fuss is about with AI, and used it to create a bunch of pictures from scratch. This is a first for my blog (and likely the last), since its whole point is to showcase my actual photography, but I thought this experiment was worth sharing.

This set of pictures is entirely AI-created, with even the prompts that created the images being composed by AI, with just a bit of editing (to the prompts, not the pictures), by me. It started off with me asking ChatGPT to give me a brief explanation of the 16th century Portuguese presence in the Colombo Fort. I then told this OpenAI chatbot to come up with a set of prompts which Midjourney could use to create pictures to illustrate its explanation. I then fed the prompts to Midjourney, adding that the pictures must look as if I had shot them on Kodak Tri-X film in my style of photography. These are the results.

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Rush, Rush, Rush
Daylight begins to fade on Prince Street, in Colombo’s Pettah area. January 2023.

• 14mm • f/4 • 1/125 • ISO2500 • R6 & RF14-35/4L •

A Spot of Light Shopping in Pettah
Sri Lankans shop for rechargeable light bulbs as the country continues to face widespread power cuts for the second year running. The worst economic catastrophe in Sri Lankan history arriving amidst an already rising energy crisis has left the population struggling to run both businesses and homes. Prince Street, Colombo. January 2023.

• 35mm • f/4 • 1/80 • ISO400 • R6 & RF14-35/4L •