This wild and beautiful valley, east of Kandy, in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka, is home to the famous Dumbara Weavers. My photo story, The Last Royal Weavers, was the cover feature of the July 2017 issue of Serendib magazine.
Kalubowila, Sri Lanka. March 2017.
Shot on assignment in Anuradhapura, for Serendib the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My story, The First Kingdom of Lanka, ran in the February 2017 issue.
A blue moonstone is cut and polished at a lapidary in Meetiyagoda, Sri Lanka. The little town is the world’s largest supplier of blue moonstones. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka magazine. My photo-story, Mining the Rare Blue Moonstones of Sri Lanka, ran in the February 2017 issue.
This is the second-oldest tea plantation in Sri Lanka, its processing factory having been built in 1886 in the shadow of the Pidurutalagala (Mt Pedro) Ridge. The photograph shows the southern end of the ridge towering over the plantation and the factory grounds. Shot on assignment for Serendib magazine. My story, The Nuwara Eliya Season in Spring, ran in the April 2017 issue.
Salt has been produced here from seawater since the 18th century, and the name Puttalam is likely derived from the Tamil word upputhalam, or “place of salt”. August, 2017.
A 4×4 truck negotiates the pass from the Kuda Oya Valley into the Ohiya Gap. The old Kalupahana-Ohiya Road, aka the Devil’s Staircase, should be on every hiker’s or offroader’s bucket list. Shot on assignment for Serendib magazine, as part of my piece, The Devil’s Staircase, which ran in the March 2017 issue.
Raw latex drips from a rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) in the Kuru Ganga Valley, on the edge of the rain forest, in southwestern Sri Lanka. January 2016.
“My own most recent visit was on a Sunday morning, and I found a bench on an empty shaded platform. Not exactly a leafy park, but almost as good. A haven in the city. I sat and wished I had brought a book or a newspaper. I felt cosseted from the hubbub of nearby Maradana Road and Panchikawatte.”
Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My story, A Visit to the Maradana Railway Station, ran in the June 2017 issue.