Face #123

Shopkeeper, Maharagama, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

A vendor at dawn, Maharagama Textile Bazaar, Sri Lanka. April 2018.

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    Roast Pork Burger

    Roast Pork Burger #6 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    For the purist, no fancy cheese or colourful vegetables; just pork and mustard on a bun. The Big Bad Wolf, Nawala, Sri Lanka. July 2018.

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    Vineyards in the Rhein Valley #16

    Vineyards in the Rhein Valley #16 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Parallel rows of grapevine rise towards the Niederwald, on the northern side of the Rhein Valley. In the distance, is the famous Niederwaldtempel, connected to the nearby town of Rüdesheim by cable car. Germany, summer 2018.

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  • Atop the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka #17

    Atop the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka #17 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Built in the 5th century by King Kashyapa of Anuradhapura, Sigiriya is a 200m high flat-topped rock on top of which is a ruined palace and gardens. Sigiriya, and the city below it functioned as the capital of the Anuradhapura Kingdom until Kashyapa’s death and the defeat of his army; after which the capital returned to Anuradhapura. Sigiriya became a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century, when it was abandoned. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the rock served for brief periods as an outpost of the Kandyan Kingdom before being abandoned again. In 1831, it was discovered by Maj Jonathan Forbes of the 78th Highlanders. Shot for my photo story, In Each Other’s Shadows which ran in the April 2018 issue of Serendib magazine.

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    The Temple of Romanticism

    The Niederwaldtempel Above the Rhein, Germany by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The Niederwaldtempel, in the hills above Rüdesheim and the Rhein in summer 2018. Built by Karl Maximilian Graf von Ostein in 1788, when he created a park in the Niederwald, it commands one of the best views of the Middle Rhein. The site was a meeting place for many artists and writers of the late 18th century, even before the building of the temple, such as Clemens Brentano and Achim von Arnim, and was thereby significant in the development of Romanticism. In November 1944, the Niederwaldtempel was almost completely destroyed during an Allied bombing raid on Rüdesheim. It was eventually reconstructed, and reopened to the public in 2006. The Niederwaldtempel, the nearby Niederwaldenkmal monument, and the Rüdesheim wine-growing area are all part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    Flowers Before a Stone Heart

    Flowers before the Buddhas #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    An altar in the ruins of the 7th century Medirigiriya Vatadage, Sri Lanka. Shot for Circles within Circles, my May 2018 Serendib cover story.

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  • “Torpedoes Away!”

    Torpedo Tube by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
    The inside of a 533mm (21-in) torpedo tube aboard U9 at the Technik Museum Speyer, Germany, in summer 2018. U9 (S-188) is a Type 205 diesel electric submarine that served with the Bundesmarine (German pre-unification navy) from April 1967 to June 1993. The Type 205 is 43.9m in length, with a submerged displacement of 508 tons. She was manned by four officers and eighteen men, armed with mines and eight torpedo tubes, and was built to serve in the Baltic. Eleven Type 205s were built for the Bundesmarine, and two more for the Royal Danish Navy. U9 is one of three Type 205s preserved as museum ships; U10 resides at Wilhelmshaven, and U11 at the Baltic island of Fehmarn.

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