The Connected Sri Lankan

Cover of "The Connected Sri Lankan" by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

Cover of The Connected Sri Lankan, a collaborative study with J Walter Thompson and TNS Kantar on how Sri Lankans engage with the internet.

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    Broken Buddhas

    Broken Buddhas #1 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Broken Buddha statues in a small wayside shrine by the Noori Road, in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. Traditionally, damaged statues are not thrown away, but moved to a less visible area of a shrine where they may still share the reverence bestowed on their more whole brethren.

    For years a gang of criminals led by a local government minister, Anil Chinthaka, held a reign of terror over Noori, culminating in the brutal beating to death of the 70-year-old Noori Tea Estate superintendent, Nihal Perera. In 2017, eighteen of the accused gang members, including Anil Chintaka, were sentenced for the murder, returning Noori to its peaceful existence of producing lowland tea.

    My piece on Noori, Fiery Green Mountains and Shining Waters, ran in the January 2018 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines.

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  • Kiss Me Quick

    Toad, Ritigala Mountain, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Common Indian toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus), Ritigala Mountain, Sri Lanka. December 2017.

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  • Sunrise Over Gal Koth Kanda and the Kandalama Tank #5

    Atop the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka #26

    Atop the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka #26 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Facing south from the ruins of King Kashyapa’s palace, with the northern foothills of the Central Highlands and the Kayanwala Tank visible in the distance. 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.

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  • Evening Over the Randeniya #2

    Kuragala #4

    Kuragala #4 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    The Kuragala Escarpment with, beyond it, the Udawalawe Basin. Kuragala is home to the ruins of a 2nd century BC Buddhist monastery and a more recent Sufi Muslim shrine. Shot from the Beragala Pass, Central Highlands, Sri Lanka. January 2017

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  • Through the Lion’s Paws #2

    Entering the Lion's Paws #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    Visitors climbing the 200m high Sigiriya Rock Fortress file through the Lion’s Paws Gate, halfway up the cliff face. Sri Lanka, December 2017.

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  • The Giants of Ritigala #1

    The Jungles of Ritigala #1 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

    At 766m, Ritigala Mountain is the highest point in northern Sri Lanka, rising 600m above the surrounding plains. The ridge it is part of runs north-south through the Ritigala Strict Nature Reserve, a 15,294 square-kilometre area into which entry is forbidden without special permission. Unlike the surrounding Dry Zone plains, Ritigala Mountain is cloaked in rainforest, and the resulting climate includes the highest rainfall in northern Sri Lanka. Gigantic trees dot the slopes of the mountain, ancient beings, twisted into fantastic shapes that might well have given birth to the legend that Ritigala is protected by Yakkas, the superhuman guardian spirits of Lankan myth. January 2018.

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  • Sunset Over Unawatuna Bay, Sri Lanka #7