A pork chop on the grill at the Big Bad Wolf, Colombo. September 2017.
An antique Naga Raksha (Cobra Demon) mask at the National Museum, Colombo. These demon masks are used in rituals, dances, and as household ornaments, to ward off evil. The word “Raksha”, like “Yaka”, refers to demons, but also to two of the mythical Sinhalese tribes said to have once inhabited the island and were believed to be demons and shape shifters. More likely they were worshippers of demons or forest spirits rather than supernatural beings themselves. Shot on assignment for Serendib magazine. My photo story on the Colombo National Museum, Katu Ge, ran in the October 2017 issue.
The trees of Colombo are gigantic and ancient, many over a century old, planted next to quieter narrower avenues that have become the bustling thoroughfares of today. A fair number have fallen to storms, urban development, and the broadening of the city streets, but the trees in the grounds of the Colombo national Museum — most likely predating the building’s inauguration of 1877 — stand as they were intended, each one a haven of shade from the tropical sun, giving visitors to the museum a place to catch a moment of reflection after their tour of history. Shot on assignment for Serendib magazine, as part of my photo story on the museum, Katu Ge, which ran in the October 2017 issue.
Stairs of stone rise in flights through the rain forest to the Bodhinagala Aranya Senasanaya where monks still meditate in caves in the hillside; coming out only to eat and take meditative walks along these steps. This Buddhist monastery sits deep inside the Dombagaskanda Forest Reserve and Bird Sanctuary, on the banks of the Kalu Ganga (Black River), just south of Ingiriya, in southwestern Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib magazine. My photo story, Jungle Streams and Trails in Ingiriya, runs in the December 2017 issue.
Terraced gardens fall away from the Haputale Ridge in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. In the far distance, beyond the Ohiya Gap is the near vertical Kuragala Escarpment. Shot in September 2017.
Patchouli plantation worker. Katuwana, Sri Lanka. September 2017. Shot on assignment for Verge International.
Streams flow down the backdrop of the Belihul Oya Valley’s steep sides, while in the foreground, three crops — rice, banana, and areca nut — demonstrate the fertility of this river channel in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib magazine. My photo story, Discover Belihuloya, ran in the November 2017 issue.
European imports such as macaroni and fusilli sit alongside local favourites like dhal and cow peas, in the old Pettah Market, Colombo, Sri Lanka. October 2017.
A Buddhist monk walks meditatively along a concrete walkway through the rain forest to the Madakada Aranya Senasanaya, a monastery where monks meditate in caves in the hillside. Shot on assignment for Serendib magazine. My photo story, Jungle Streams and Trails in Ingiriya, runs in the December 2017 issue.
Colombo’s skyline-in-waiting, including the 68-floor Altair Building, still under construction, disappears into the storm clouds hurling 80km winds and 100mm of rain at southwestern Sri Lanka as it undergoes an Indian Ocean depression. November 30th, 2017.