The Headless Buddhas of Medirigiriya #2
Of Medirigiriya’s four image houses, only one still has its statues intact. In the others, every image has been beheaded, though whether this was by treasure hunters or foreign invaders is unclear. The heads of the statues are nowhere to be found; either carried away or smashed to bits in the search for hidden treasure. In front of the statues is a stone receptacle with compartments to hold different forms of offerings. Next to it is a small wooden replica of a stupa or dagaba. Most of the Medirigiriya complex dates to the 7th century, part of the late Anuradhapura period of Sri Lankan history. Shot for my May 2018 cover story, Circles within Circles, for Serendib magazine.
Follow the Son on InstagramTHE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE — Unable to get a window seat — or even standing room in a doorway — on the Kandy-Badulla train, I had to beg my way into the guard’s carriage so that I would have a vantage point to shoot the legendary Nine Arch Bridge between Ella and Demodara. Pointing out that he was bending the rules considerably, the guard allowed me aboard with the stipulation that I not make him famous in my “American paper”. The rail route from Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, to Badulla, in the Central Highlands — particularly the six-hour stretch from Kandy onwards — is now considered one of the world’s great train journeys, and seats are booked up months in advance. For those unfortunate enough to be crippled by the inability to plan ahead, the only option is to buy a third class ticket and hope a window seat eventually becomes vacant. Or try charming a railway guard. Shot on assignment for the @nytimes . My photos appeared in award-winning travel journo Lucas Peterson’s piece, "An Island Nation that is Best Savored Slowly", which ran in the Frugal Traveler column on 30th January 2019. Follow the link in my profile⬆️for more photos and the full story. . . #photojournalism #travelphoto #streetphoto #greattrainjourneys #colombotobadulla #nytimes #nytimestravel #nytimesjourneys #frugaltraveler #lucaspeterson #davidblacker #srilanka #5DMkIII #24_105mm_f4lON THE STREET OF LAWYERS #3 — @shermainewillisofficial and @iam__anuradha , shot on assignment for Ashraff Associates and @the.radh , Kandy. Deva Veediya, or the “Street of Gods”, is in fact the Street of Lawyers, made famous by a row of crumbling Victorian era administrative buildings that now house the offices of small law firms, their name boards festooning the fading facade. Kandy, Sri Lanka. October 2018. . . #commercialphotography #streetphoto #architecturalphotography #travelphoto #beautifulwomen #beautifuldestination #ashraffassociates #theradh #streetsofkandy #srilanka #5DMkIV #24_105mm_f4lFLOWER OFFERINGS #5 — Lotus and other varieties of flowers on sale outside the Temple of the Tooth, in Kandy, Sri Lanka, to be bought by devotees visiting the temple. Shot on assignment for the @nytimes . This and other photos were commissioned to illustrate award-winning travel journalist Lucas Peterson’s piece, “An Island Nation that is Best Savored Slowly”, which ran in the Frugal Traveler column on January 30th 2019. Follow the link in my profile ⬆️ to read the article and see all the pictures. . . #photojournalism #travelphoto #religion #worship #buddhism #nytimes #nytimestravel #nytimesjourneys #frugaltraveler #lucaspeterson #davidblacker #srilanka #5DMkIII #24_105mm_f4lTHE BAGMAN — A street vendor selling satchel bags dances and calls out to potential customers on the streets of Maharagama, close to Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. April 2018. . . #streetphoto #streetportrait #streetsofcolombo #streetmarket #streetvendor #livinginthecity #maharagamabazaar #srilanka #6D #24_105mm_f4lEVENING OVER THE CITY OF KANDY — Spectacular even in the drizzly dusk, the Hill Capital is seen here with its lake in the foreground. The Kandy Lake was created in 1807, by the last Sri Lankan monarch, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe, by flooding a broad swathe of paddy fields. The white Walakulu Bemma, or “Cloud Barrier”, the wall separating the lake from the city below it, is over 630m long, and forms a convenient promenade along the northern and western shores of the lake. The last of Sri Lanka’s ancient capitals, Kandy, unlike older cities such as Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, has never been abandoned to ruin, and has been continuously inhabited, its historic temples and palaces standing alongside Victorian hotels and administrative buildings, and modern malls and office blocks. Shot on assignment for Ashraff Associates and @the.radh Kandy, in October 2018. . . #commercialphotography #travelphoto #landscapephoto #cityscape #bluehour #mountainscape #alandwithnolakes #beautifuldestination #ashraffassociates #theradh #srilanka #5DMkIV #24_105mm_f4lMORNING COFFEE #2 — @I am__anuradha and @shermainewillisofficial , shot on assignment for Ashraff Associates, at @the.radh Kandy. Sri Lanka, October 2018. . . #commercialphotography #blackandwhitephoto #beautifulwomen #sexywomen #beautifulproperties #cityhotel #ashraffassociates #theradh #kandy #srilanka #5DMkIV #24_105mm_f4l
Follow me on TwitterMy Tweets
Tags6D 18-200mm 24-105mm 24mm 50mm 600D afternoon architecture beach beautiful beautiful destinations belief black&white black & white blue Buddhism Central Highlands children city clouds Colombo devotion evening eyes faces food forest Galle Fort Germany green hills history holiday Hoya Indian Ocean journalism jungle Kandy lake landscape magazine morning mountains people photojournalism portrait pub/bar/restaurant Red reflections religion river sea seaside Serendib sexy sky smiling Sri Lanka SriLankan Airlines street photography summer sunlight sunset temple tourism travel trees urban vacation walking water waterscape waves women worship