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 •


No 13A in Tamil Town

A busy Friday evening in Pettah, Colombo’s main shopping and market district. January 2023. Interestingly, while the city of Colombo is mostly Tamil-speaking (over 60% of the residents are Tamil or Tamil-speaking Moors), the sign in the foreground prohibiting parking is only in Sinhalese (the majority language of Sri Lanka), reflecting decades of Sinhalese-dominated governance that many believe has contributed to ethnic conflict. The controversial 13th Amendment to the Constitution, passed by Parliament in 1987, legislated that, amongst other things, Tamil be elevated to the status of an official language, alongside Sinhalese, and that all official communications be in both languages. However, more than thirty-five years later, many clauses of the amendment remain unenforced, despite Tamil demands for equal treatment.

• 35mm • f/4 • 1/100 • ISO2000 • Canon R6 & RF14-35/4L •

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 •

Evening in Pettah

Prince and 2nd Cross streets, Pettah. January 2023. If there ever had been a Tintin in Ceylon, this would be the place in one of those large illustrations a la The Calculus Affair or Tintin in Tibet.

• 14mm • f/4 • 1/100 • ISO1250 • R6 & RF14-35/4L •

New Kathiresan Kovil, Colombo, Sri Lanka

New Kathiresan Kovil, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
At the junction of Sea Street and St Paul’s Avenue, in northern Kochichikade, the temple is dedicated to Murugan, also known as Skanda, the Hindu god of war and victory. April 2016.

Sales Across the Tracks

Across the Tracks by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Stalls selling clothes and textiles sprawl along the Pamunuwa Road in Maharagama; even spilling onto the railway tracks of the busy Kelani Valley Line which runs from Colombo to Avissawella. The massive textile bazaar that stretches from Maharagama to Pamunuwa is one of Sri Lanka’s biggest centers for cheap clothes and, during the run up to religious festivals, sees a huge number of retail shoppers, in addition to the regular wholesale customers. During these times, space is at a premium, and many small businessmen just run out of space. Sri Lanka, April 2018.
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Life at Ground Zero

St Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade, Sri Lanka #7 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Residents of Jampettah Street, in the Colombo zone of Kochchikade, walk through a Sri Lanka Navy barricade in front of St Anthony’s Shrine. April 2019 (licensed to Polaris Images).
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Jampettah Street, Kochchikade, Colombo #6

Jampettah Street, Kochchikade, Colombo #6 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Shocked residents of Kochchikade walk beneath streamers of black and white, the traditional Sri Lankan colours of mourning, days after an Islamic suicide bomber entered the nearby St Anthony’s Shrine and killed over a hundred worshippers during morning mass on Easter Sunday, 21st April, 2019 (licensed to Polaris Images).
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Rush Hour Breakfast

Rush Hour Breakfast by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Kendha on Chatham Street in the Colombo Fort, Sri Lanka. September 2016.