Rising to Emptiness

Stairs at Medirigiriya, Sri Lanka #2. Stairs lead up to the ruins of an image house at the 7th century Buddhist complex of Medirigiriya
Stairs lead up to the ruins of an image house at the 7th century Buddhist complex of Medirigiriya, close to Polonnaruwa, in north-central Sri Lanka. Built in the Late Anuradhapura period, all that is left of this image house is the massive stone base, and some columns. Little of the soft brick walls have withstood the elements, and nothing remains of what would have been a wooden roof. At the base of the stairs is a moonstone, worn almost completely smooth by time. Shot on assignment for ‘Serendib’, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines. My photo story, ‘Circles within Circles‘, ran in the May 2018 issue.

Dragon Door

'Makara Thorana' doorway to the inner shrine room of the Pidurangala Viharaya.
‘Makara Thorana’ entrance to the inner shrine room of the Pidurangala Viharaya. Shot for my photo story on “Sigiriya & Pidurangala“, which ran in the April 2018 issue of ‘Serendib’, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines.

Door to the Universe

McCallum Road Book Shops. A second-hand bookshop on McCallum Road, in the Maradana area of Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, opening for business after sixty-eight days of lockdown.
A second-hand bookshop on McCallum Road, in the Maradana area of Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, opening for business after sixty-eight days of lockdown. May 2020.
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Door to the Past

A window of unspecified age on display in the Gallery of Stone Antiquities in the Colombo National Museum.
A window of unspecified age on display in the Gallery of Stone Antiquities in the Colombo National Museum. Shot on assignment for ‘Serendib’, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines. My photo story, ‘Katu Ge‘, ran in the October 2017 issue. Follow the link to read the full story.

Someone’s at the Door

Shermain Willis and Anuradha Perera, at the Temple of the Tooth, Kandy.
Shermaine Willis (left) and Anuradha Perera, shot on assignment for Ashraff Associates and The Radh; at the Temple of the Tooth, Kandy, Sri Lanka. October 2018.

Rice Kolam

Colourful patterns of a traditional Tamil ‘kolam’ celebrates the Hindu harvest festival of Thai Pongal. Common throughout South India and Sri Lanka, these designs are usually formed from coloured rice flour, chalk and, sometimes, powdered spices, amongst other things. This one, on the concrete floor at the entrance to a suburban supermarket, has been created out of coloured rice. Colombo, Sri Lanka. January 2021.

Devil Dancer, Mt Lavinia Beach #5

Devil Dancer, Mt Lavinia Beach #5
Janinda Gunawardena of ‘Thiwarna‘, in the costume of a ‘Naga Raksha’ or Cobra Demon, complete with heavy wooden mask; the centrepiece of a traditional Sri Lankan ‘Raksha Kolam’ (a sort of demonic satire set to dance). Shot in August 2020, for Canon/Metropolitan‘s launch of the R5 and R6 mirrorless cameras.

On the Night #2

High School dancers, Kandy, Sri Lanka.
The dancers I photographed in their afternoon dance class perform the next night on stage in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Smart Media and Gateway College in November 2018.

Cool Steppers

Romane Alvies and Cool Steps, at the IDW Dance Championship, Colombo, Sri Lanka. February 2020.
Romane Alvies and Cool Steps, at the IDW Dance Championship, Colombo, Sri Lanka. February 2020.

*6DMkII & 24-105mm/f4L courtesy Canon/Metropolitan.