Tales of Power

A two-storey stone fresco (above) on the exterior of the Gangaramaya Temple, in Slave Island, depicting different chapters in the Buddha’s journey from birth to enlightenment to death, is mobbed by sightseers on Vesak Poya night. Colombo, May 2023. Meanwhile (below), a more traditional pandal sits forlornly in the waterlogged Stanley Jansz Grounds nearby, its electricity supply disrupted by faulty wiring.

• 24mm • f/2.8 • 1/125 • ISO3200 • Canon R6 & RF24-70/2.8L •

• 45mm • f/2.8 • 1/125 • ISO2500 •

Pre-Poya* Drinkies

Fife Road, Thimbirigasyaya. April 2023.

• 35mm • f/1.8 • 1/125 • ISO1000 • R6, with an RF35/1.8 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan

*the day before the Buddhist full moon holiday, which is a dry day in Sri Lanka.

Mövenpick, Colombo

Turret Road, October 2022.

• 24mm • f/2.8 • 1/200 • ISO25600 • R6 & RF24-70/2.8L •

Make a Wish

The Lotus Tower, Colombo. October 2022.

• 70mm • f/2.8 • 1/125 • ISO32000 • R6 & RF24-70/2.8L •

“We’ll Have the Snapper, and Make it Snappy.”

Dinner negotiations on the Panama Road, Arugam Bay. May 2022.

• 50mm • f/1.4 • 1/160 • ISO400 • Canon 5DMkIII & EF 50/1.4 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan.

However the Dark, Man Must Walk

With a candle sheltered from the wind in an upturned cardboard box, a roadside cobbler works through an evening blackout in a southern Colombo suburb. Since an islandwide power failure on 1st December 2021 crippled Sri Lanka for most of a day, the authorities have been unable to guarantee a constant electricity supply, even a week later.

The Seema Malaka Shrine at Twilight

Buddhist priests gather at dusk at the Seema Malaka Shrine on Colombo’s Beira Lake in readiness for the annual Navam Perahera, a colourful procession of musicians, drummers, and caparisoned elephants that takes place on Navam Poya — the night of the full moon — in March. The shrine was designed by Geoffrey Bawa in 1976, and funded by MS Moosajee, a Colombo Muslim, in memory of his son, Ameer Moosajee. Shot from Perahera Mawatha in 2014.

Night on the Tracks

Colombo City, September 2017.

Last Light over Lake Gregory #7

Last Light over Lake Gregory #7
One of the many shots of this beautiful lake that I took for my story, ‘The Nuwara Eliya Season in Spring‘, that didn’t make the final cut for the April 2017 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines.
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Closing Time at the Mews

Closing Time at the Mews by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Park Street, Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo. July 2018.