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 •


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.