COVID wasn’t the Only Disease #2
Dr WCJK Jayakody interviews an out patient from behind an anti-COVID barrier at the National STD/AIDS Control Programme, De Saram Place, Maradana. Shot on assignment for Panos Pictures and The Global Fund, in January 2022.

• 24mm • f/4 • 1/125 • ISO1600 • Canon 5DMkIV & EF 24-105/f4L, courtesy Canon/Metropolitan

• 50mm • f/1.4 • 1/320 • ISO200 • Canon 5DMkIV & EF 50/1.4, courtesy Canon/Metropolitan


Behind the Beach
Buddhika Wanniarachchi, a National STD/AIDS Control Programme (NSACP) outreach worker, takes a break from testing beachboys and other sex workers, at his field clinic, in the southern Sri Lanka tourist town of Hikkaduwa. January 2022. Shot on assignment for Panos Pictures and The Global Fund.*

*shot on a Canon EOS 5DMkIV & EF 50/1.4, courtesy Canon/Metropolitan.

Guns and Lucia #2
A soldier guards St Lucia’s Cathedral in Kotahena, in April 2021, on the eve of the second anniversary of the 21st April 2019 Easter Bombings, in which several churches were attacked by suspected Islamic suicide bombers. Consecrated in 1902, St Lucia’s is the seat of the Archbishop of Colombo, and is the largest and oldest Roman Catholic parish cathedral in Sri Lanka.

5DMkIV & EF 16-35mm/2.8L courtesy Canon/Metropolitan.

Guns and Lucia
A Highlander of the Sri Lanka Army’s Gemunu Watch stands guard outside St Lucia’s Cathedral, Kotahena, yesterday, on the eve of the second anniversary of the 21st April 2019 Easter Bombings. Three churches and three 5-star hotels were hit by suspected Islamic suicide bombers of the previously unknown ISIS-affiliated National Thowheed Jamaat (NTJ). Two of the three churches targeted were Roman Catholic, and St Lucia’s, consecrated in 1902, is the largest and oldest Roman Catholic parish cathedral in the country, standing a short distance from one of the bombed churches, St Anthony’s, Kochchikade.

5DMkIV & EF 16-35mm/2.8L courtesy Canon/Metropolitan.

The Only Protection

Masked #57 by Son of the Morning Light on
“Pirith nool” — thread or cords over which Buddhist scriptural verses have been chanted — are commonly worn on the wrist as protection in Sri Lanka. Shot for “The Masked Women” project. Colombo, July 2017.

Kiteboarding Instructor, Kalpitiya Lagoon, Sri Lanka

Kiteboarding Instructor, Kalpitiya Lagoon #2 by Son of the Morning Light on
The winds ripping across the narrow spit between the Indian Ocean and the lagoon create a maelstrom of salt and sand that makes it feel like one is in the desert. Shot on assignment for Serendib magazine. My story on kiteboarding in Kalpitiya, ‘Wind Riders, appears in the September 2017 issue.

Walking on Pedlar Street #7

Walking on Pedlar Street #5 by Son of the Morning Light on
Bank guards, Galle Fort, Sri Lanka.March 2017.
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