The Waiting Sea
Talalla Bay, Sri Lanka.

• 24mm • f/2.8 • 1/640 • ISO100 • 600D & EF-S24/2.8• circular polariser •

December 26th 2022 marks eighteen years since the devastating Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004, when the Indian Ocean rose up and killed over 35,000 Sri Lankans in two massive waves (the second measured as high as 11m, in places). The country suffered the second highest number of deaths in the Indian Ocean (after Indonesia which, being proximate to the epicentre of the underwater quake that caused the tsunami, lost almost 200,000 dead and missing). Over half a million people were displaced in Sri Lanka, as almost 90,000 coastal homes and buildings were destroyed by the waves. Over 250,000 people are estimated to have died in minutes, in fifteen countries, from Southeast Asia to East Africa. In island nations like Sri Lanka, the sea would never be looked at quite the same again.


Monsoon Morning
Talalla Bay, with Kottagoda Point in the distance. Sri Lanka, July 2020.

Hindsight is 2020

12x12 grid of 2020.
My favourite photo of each month of the last year. Not all of them were the most viewed or appreciated on social media, but each of them has something of appeal or meaning to me. It’s also clearly a year spent mostly at home. Blues, blacks, and other darker hues seem to dominate, perhaps fittingly, with a few flashes of brightness dropped in. Top row (l/r): Kundu House Project’s Sri Lakshmi, tea on 3rd Cross Street, and people scrambling to buy food on Hill Street, during Colombo’s six-week curfew. Second row: Mt Lavina Beach, Pulinda Gunawardena of Thiwarna, and the anti-cremation protest at Borella. Third row: McCallum Road bookshops, Vesak lanterns during curfew, and Talalla Beach. Bottom row: Rusini Gunawardena of Thiwarna, Fort Railway Station, and the Superman of Keyzer Street.

Monsoon Mornings

Daybreak at Talalla Bay #4, southern coast of Sri Lanka.
Daybreak at Talalla Bay; southern coast of Sri Lanka. July 2020.

Daybreak at Talalla Bay

Daybreak at Talalla Bay #3 by Son of the Morning Light on
First light on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. July 2020.

Monsoon Beach #3

Talalla Bay, Sri Lanka. July 2020.
Talalla Bay, Sri Lanka. July 2020.

A Morning Walk #3

Morning Walk, Talalla Bay #3 by Son of the Morning Light on
Talalla Bay, Sri Lanka. July 2020.