Street Meditative
Wolfendhal Street, Pettah. October 2022.

• 35mm • f/2.8 • 1/160 • ISO125 • R6, with RF35/1.8 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan


Mango Season
Mangoes, and the ever-in-season Sri Lankan bananas (or plantains, as they’re commonly called here), being sold from a cart on Central Road, in Wolvendaal, in October 2022.* If you aren’t ready to take them home to ripen to sweetness, a case of exploding mangoes may be instantly had with the liberal sprinkling of chilli and salt.

• 24mm • f/2.8 • 1/1000 • ISO200 • R6 & RF24-70/2.8L •

The Workday Begins
Packed breakfast in hand, an elderly resident of Hussainiya Street, in Hulftsdorp, heads out for the day. Colombo, October 2022.

• 35mm • f/2.8 • 1/800 • ISO200 • R6 with RF35/1.8 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan

Surviving on Main Street #2
I asked him if I could take his picture, and he asked me if I would pay him for it. I said I would not, and he said it didn’t matter. But I know it did. Main Street, Pettah. September 2022.

• 35mm • f/1.8 • 1/1600 • ISO200 • Canon R6 & RF 35/1.8 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan.

With a mouthful of kasippu, and the prospect of a couple of fish for lunch, an elderly fisherman, probably too old now to go to sea, helps a returning crew haul their big outrigger fishing canoe ashore at Weligama Bay, in Sri Lanka. May 2022

• 200mm • f/5.6 • 1/350 • ISO400 • polariser •

Eyes in the Past
Poosari, Naagapoosani Amman Kovil, Nainativu Island. March 2014.* The old priest tending to devotees at an outside shrine, would stand perfectly still after each batch of worshippers had moved on, his face expressionless, eyes seeming to watch something far in the past. He would rouse himself to action each time he was approached, then drift off again when no longer needed.

*With the advance of editing software, I have been revisiting some of my older photos. This one is a colour edit of a black and white I posted back in 2014.

Old Moors
Morning chat on Old Moor Street, Colombo. September 2020.

Shot with an M6MkII and 15-45mm/3.5-6.3 lens, courtesy Canon/Metropolitan.

Poster Boy, Pettah, Sri Lanka

Poster Boy, Pettah, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on
Bodhiraja Mawatha, January 2020.
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The Protest of a Tired People

Pro-Democracy Rally, Colombo, Sri Lanka #14 by Son of the Morning Light on
More than a month of protests, Parliamentary action, and Supreme Court rulings, have failed so far to remove the Mahinda Rajapakse government which took power in a political coup triggered by President Maithripala Sirisena. On October 26th, the president sacked the democratically elected prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, and his entire cabinet, and appointed opposition MP, and former president, Mahinda Rajapakse as PM. Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Face #116

Cinnamon Steaming #3 by Son of the Morning Light on
A worker packs a steamer with cinnamon bark from which oil will be extracted for use in food and perfumes. Padukka, Sri Lanka. September 2017. Shot for Verge International, a manufacturer of essential oils.