A Jâlî by Any Other Name

Latticed marble screens, called jâlîs, in the 16th century Amer Fort’s Suhag Mandir, from which the ladies of the Rajput royal household, under purdah, would watch victory parades in the Jaleb Chowk, the fort’s outer courtyard, and the nearby Diwan-i-Aam, the public audience hall. February 2012.
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Personal Shrine

Personal Altar by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

In spite of the fact that the entire Sri Maha Bodhi Seya, in Mahiyanganaya, is a shrine covered both inside and out by images of the Buddha, someone — probably a caretaker — had installed a small makeshift shrine in a hidden nook at the rear, complete with offering bowl. The Sri Maha Bodhi Seya, a replica of the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, India, was built in 1989 by President Ranasinghe Premadasa. For more on Mahiyanganaya, read my story, The Temple of War, in the April 2016 issue of Explore Sri Lanka magazine.

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  • Women’s Prayer Group

    A nun leads a prayer meeting in the southeast wing of St Anthony’s, Wahakotte. October 2015. For more pictures of this iconic church, and a history of the area, see my piece in Serendib Magazine.

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  • The Ruins of Rifle Street

    Crumbling buildings in the Slave Island area of Colombo. It remains to be seen if these too will be renovated the way many other old buildings have been, or simply torn down. Shot in December 2014 with a Leica M6 and Kodak Tri-X film, using a 50mm Summicron f/2 lens.

    A Moment’s Respite (b/w)

    Another shot, this time in b/w, and portrait instead of landscape format, of the fish monger at the Colpetty Market taking a quick break from the Saturday morning rush to scan the news. Canon EOS 600D and EF50mm f/1.8 lens at 1/40, f/3.5, and ISO 400.