2016 was my first full year doing any sort of professional photography, and it was an amazing year, shooting mostly for Serendib, the inflight mag of SriLankan Airlines, but also occasionally for Explore Sri Lanka, the country’s premier travel mag. I had three cover features, a chance to spend the night at sea on a sailing yacht, search for crocodiles in the marshes of the Bentara River, climb Ritigala, and eat the rice that fed the kings of Lanka over 2,000 years ago. For those of you not following my blog that closely, this what it looked like:
Climbing the Walls — cover feature on the Galle Fort — Serendib January 2016.
Heirlooms Unforgotten — cover feature on the historic rice of ancient Lanka, now being reintroduced to modern Sri Lanka — Serendib, March 2016.
Racing Before the Wind — cover feature on luxury sailing off the east coast of Sri Lanka — Serendib, June 2016.
Mysteries in the Jungle — on the Batatotalena Cave, the disputed sixteenth Solosmasthanaya — Serendib, February 2016.
The Cave in the Jungle — tracking prehistoric Balangoda Man through the rainforest to his home in the Batadombalena Cave — Serendib, March 2016.
The Road to Ritigala — a road trip along the road made for road trips — Explore Sri Lanka — March 2016.
In the Shadow of the Mountain of a God — from Ratnapura to Mahiyanganaya; a visit to the temples of Saman — Serendib — April 2016.
The Temple of War — a west-to-east drive across Sri Lanka to find the mysterious second Nagadeepa Temple — Explore Sri Lanka, April 2016.
Secluded Peace — a visit to the beautiful Ammaduwa Temple — Serendib, May 2016.
The Colpetty Market — some urban exploration through one of Colombo’s relatively recent landmarks — Serendib, July 2016.
Colombo’s Long Sand Street — a story on Mt Lavinia Beach, Colombo’s most famous strip of sand — Serendib, August 2016.
The Mystery of Ritigala — a climb through the ghostly ruins of Ritigala Mountain — Explore Sri Lanka — August 2016.
Eternal Bentota — a story on Sri Lanka’s most famous resort town and its surprisingly adjacent wildlife — Serendib, November 2016.
A Beat of the Ages — traditional Sri Lankan drum-making — Serendib, December 2016.
Having crammed in two more shoots over the holidays, one for Serendib, and one for Explore Sri Lanka, watch this space for more of my work next year. Thank you for having followed my journey thus far. It’s been fun, and hopefully next year will be even better. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.