The Soviet Buran OK-GLI orbiter on display in the History of Spaceflight exhibition, at the Technik Museum Speyer, Germany. Summer 2018. The OK-GLI was a test vehicle for the Buran Programme, and made twenty-five suborbital flights between 1985 and 1988. Unlike NASA’s space shuttle test vehicle, the OV-101 Enterprise, the Buran OK-GLI could take off on its own, powered by four Saturn AL-31 turbo-fan engines (two of which powered the Sukhoi Su-27 “Flanker” air-superiority fighter). Under the Buran programme, the Soviet Union made just one space flight when OK-1K1 was launched in November 1988. Totally unmanned, OK-1K1 made two orbits of the earth before landing at Yubileyniy Airfield, in Kazakhstan. At Speyer, OK-GLI is a walk-in exhibit, with visitors able to enter the orbiter’s cargo bay.
Shot for my photo story, Mountains in the Jungle, which ran in the June 2018 issue of Serendib magazine.
A derelict Lockheed F-104 Starfighter at the Technik Museum Speyer, Germany. Summer 2018.
Kendha on Chatham Street in the Colombo Fort, Sri Lanka. September 2016.
Clear resin oozes from felled timber in the Hunsrück Mountains, close to Klingenfloß, Germany. Summer 2018.
The Thallichtenberg Valley in the Pfalz Forest, shot from the keep of Lichtenberg Castle. Germany, summer 2018.
Literally “German Corner”, Deutsches Eck is a promontory and promenade at the confluence of the Rhein and Moselle Rivers. In the distance is the 14th century, Balduinsbrücke, Koblenz’s oldest bridge. Cable cars link Deutsches Eck to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress from which this photograph was taken. Summer 2018.
The Hunsrück Mountains, Germany. Summer 2018.
While the main structure of the Church of Our Lady is Romanesque in style, there are Gothic and Baroque detours, reflecting the many periods of its construction and expansion from 1205 to the present, including an extensive renovation and reconstruction in the 1950s to remedy its near complete destruction in an Allied bombing raid in 1944. The doors, which date back to 1767, are in the Rococo style. Shot in summer 2018.