Stay Home, Stay Safe #2
A mobile phone vendor, on Olcott Avenue, in Colombo, in April 2018. For small businessmen such as he, dependent on each day’s take of sales, staying home during the corona pandemic is not an option. These vendors are too small to compete online, and rely on walk-in customers; in this man’s case, mostly commuters from the nearby Fort Railway Station, the city’s main rail hub. Long lockdowns, restrictions on travel, and pressure on the public to stay home, a full year into the crisis, have made a huge dent in earnings for many like him.


Pimp My Phone, Pettah

The Phone Pimpers, Pettah, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on
Pettah, in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. January 2020.
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The Electric Man #2

The Electric Man #2 by Son of the Morning Light on
2nd Cross Street, in the old Colombo district of Pettah, Sri Lanka. April 2018.

The Lord of the Nighttime Reload

The Lord of the Nighttime Reload by Son of the Morning Light on
The Pettah night shift buy mobile phone reloads from a news stand on Bankshall Street. Colombo, Sri Lanka. September 2018.

In the Corners

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An ancient woman sells little daily essentials — from ballpoint pens to Panadol pills to soap and boiled sweets — to office workers from a makeshift stall in the shelter of the Bristol Building, on the corner of Prince and York Streets, in the Colombo Fort, Sri Lanka. September 2016.

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  • Breakfast, Anyone?

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    A man selling kola kendha, a sort of broth made of rice and green leaves awaits breakfast customers on Mt Lavina Beach, close to Colombo, Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, for my story, Colombo’s Long Sand Street, which ran in the August 2016 issue.

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  • Leaves into Blades

    Waikkal, a small town north of Negombo, in Sri Lanka, is famous for its black-bladed knives and edged implements, unusually forged from the recycled steel of discarded truck leaf springs. Shot for Waterworld Waikkal, in the December issue of Explore Sri Lanka magazine.

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    Discarded leaf springs from scrapped trucks are straightened to be used as blades.

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    The straightened leaf springs being heated and shaped in the forge by a blacksmith who has been doing it for over twenty years.

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    The finished product; Waikkal’s famous knives, known for the great strength of their blades, displayed for sale by the side of the road.

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