Prince Street, Pettah. September 2022.

• 35mm • f/2.8 • 1/400 • ISO400 • Canon R6 & RF 35/1.8 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan


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 •

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 •

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 •

Vada Time of the Day

A food cart on the corner of Prince and 2nd Cross streets sells deep fried snacks of isso vada (a sort of mini pizza topped with prawns), ulundu vada (a black gram bagel), and rotti, to the evening crush in the Colombo market district of Pettah. January 2023.

• 35mm • f/4 • 1/125 • ISO1250 • R6 & RF14-35/4L •

Breakfast in Pettah #8

A food cart sets up to serve the early morning traffic of shop and office workers on Prince Street, in Pettah. September 2022.

• 35mm • f/2.8 • 1/100 • ISO100 • Canon R6 & RF 35/1.8 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan

Morning Tea in Pettah #2

Years ago, in a piece for Outlook India, I wrote, ‘Everything in Sri Lanka is either sweet or spicy. Often both. Our people; our tea.’ And that’s exactly what Rasa’s tea is like; lip-burning hot, tongue-stinging gingery, and so thick with sugar that my spit makes the filter of my Gold Leaf sticky. Prince Street, Pettah. September 2022.

• 35mm • f/1.8 • 1/320 • ISO200 • Canon R6 & RF 35/1.8 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan.

Breakfast in Pettah #3

Rasa and an assistant open their breakfast stall on the corner of Prince and 2nd Cross streets, serving tea and spicy beef and onion sandwiches. Pettah, September 2022. I love the blue wood often seen in these small wayside ’boutiques’. I’ve no idea why blue is popular. Even when I lived in Europe, a blue Ikea bookshelf instantly brought back memories of Mutwal and Kotahena, and I bought it.

• 35mm • f/2.8 • 1/200 • ISO400 • Canon R6 & RF 35/1.8 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan.

In Vain

History in Ruins #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
The derelict entrance to the Dutch Museum on Prince Street, Pettah. January 2020.
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