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.

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Sometimes Life Gives You Oranges

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Six for two-hundred bucks, on 2nd Cross Street, Pettah. January 2023.

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Let Them Eat Cake

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Vendors in the Maharagama textile bazaar, in April 2018. Aside from a casually affectionate pose that is rarely seen under today’s social distancing norms, the huge bazaar, sprawling across Maharagama and Pamunuwa, just south of Colombo, has been shut down as part of an ongoing series of local and countrywide lockdowns imposed by the Government of Sri Lanka in May. A year into the pandemic, the population, financially exhausted and psychologically weary, were looking hopefully to the long-awaited Covid vaccine, which was rolled out in March. But governmental mismanagement of the process has ensured relatively few people actually receive their shots. Under attack for their bungling, the government has in turn blamed the public for not following pandemic rules which are often confusing and badly articulated by the authorities. For many, including small businessmen such as these, dependent on a daily income, lockdowns and restrictions on travel can mean financial ruin and are widely seen as a government punishing its people for its own corruption and ineptitude.

Jaffna Boys

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Young cyclists on the Kurikadduwan Road. Araly, Jaffna Peninsula. March 2014.

Bannermen

A high school athletics meet in Katunayake, Sri Lanka.
A high school athletics meet in Katunayake, Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Smart Media and Gateway College in September 2018.
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Dead Heat

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High school runners race for the finish line at an athletics meet in Katunayake, Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Smart Media and Gateway College in September 2018.
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To the Finish

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High school athletics, shot on assignment for Smart Media and Gateway College. Negombo, Sri Lanka. September 2018.