Mother and child, Slave Island, May 2023.

• 70mm • f/2.8 • 1/320 • ISO1600 • Canon R6 & RF24-70/2.8L •



A St John’s Ambulance sergeant on duty during Vesak. Navam Mawatha, Slave Island. May 2023.

• 70mm • f/2.8 • 1/250 • ISO4000 • Canon R6 & RF24-70/2.8L •

Vesak Night Out

A family takes a break from touring the Vesak sights along Navam Mawatha, in Slave Island. May 2023.

• 35mm • f/2.8 • 1/125 • ISO8000 • Canon R6 & RF24-70/2.8L •

Tales of Power

A two-storey stone fresco (above) on the exterior of the Gangaramaya Temple, in Slave Island, depicting different chapters in the Buddha’s journey from birth to enlightenment to death, is mobbed by sightseers on Vesak Poya night. Colombo, May 2023. Meanwhile (below), a more traditional pandal sits forlornly in the waterlogged Stanley Jansz Grounds nearby, its electricity supply disrupted by faulty wiring.

• 24mm • f/2.8 • 1/125 • ISO3200 • Canon R6 & RF24-70/2.8L •

• 45mm • f/2.8 • 1/125 • ISO2500 •

Enslaved in Slave Island #14

Iresha Wijesinghe, lab assistant at the National STD/AIDS Control Programme (NSACP) clinic tending to needle users in Slave Island. Shot on assignment for Panos Pictures and The Global Fund, in January 2022.

• 50mm • f/1.4 • 1/250 • ISO200 • 5DMkIV & EF 50/1.4 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan

Enslaved in Slave Island #13

One an NSACP* outreach volunteer, the other a single father; both lifelong friends, and recovering addicts. Wekanda Housing Scheme, Stewart Street, Slave Island. Shot on assignment for Panos Pictures and The Global Fund, in January 2022.

• 70mm • f/4 • 1/400 • ISO800 • 5DMkIV & EF 24-105/f4L courtesy Canon/Metropolitan

*The National STD/AIDS Control Programme is a Sri Lankan Health Ministry initiative to coordinate the country’s response to sexually transmitted diseases.

Enslaved in Slave Island #12

A recovering addict in the Wekanda Housing Scheme, Stewart Street, Slave Island. Shot on assignment for Panos Pictures and The Global Fund, in January 2022.

• 50mm • f/1.4 • 1/1250 • ISO400 • 5DMkIV & EF 50/1.4, courtesy Canon/Metropolitan

COVID wasn’t the Only Disease #3

Buddhika Lakmala National STD/AIDS Control Programme (NSACP) outreach worker, poses in full PPE outside his Slave Island clinic, in January 2022. NSACP mobile teams continued to operate throughout the pandemic, and Buddhika is about to head out to nearby Stewart Street to take blood samples, and hand out HIV self-tests, needles, condoms, and educational literature to heroin addicts. Shot on assignment for Panos Pictures and The Global Fund.

• 105mm • f/4 • 1/500 • ISO125 • 5DMkIV & EF 24-105/f4L courtesy Canon/Metropolitan

Enslaved in Slave Island #11

PA Fernando, an outreach worker with the National STD/AIDS Control Programme (NSACP). Shot on Stewart Street, Slave Island, for Panos Pictures and The Global Fund, in January 2022.

• 50mm • f/1.4 • 1/1250 • ISO200 • 5DMkIV & EF 50/1.4, courtesy Canon/Metropolitan.