Walking Across the Nine Arch Bridge #3

Walking Across the Nine Arch Bridge #3 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
The viaduct’s distinct curve is clearly visible in this picture of the famous Nine Arch Bridge between Ella and Demodara, in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for The New York Times, specifically for Lucas Peterson’s piece, An Island Nation that is Best Savored Slowly, which ran in the Frugal Traveler column on January 30th.
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Kandyan Columns, Temple of the Tooth, Sri Lanka

Doorway, Temple of the Tooth, Kandy #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

Sinhalese architecture is distinct for its columns, none more so than those of the Kandyan style, entering modern vernacular architecture by inspiring the Trinity College chapel and The Radh city hotel, in Kandy, and the Independence Memorial Hall, in Colombo, amongst other modern work. In this photograph, Shermaine Willis and Anuradha Perera walk between two such Kandyan columns which flank a doorway in the 18th century Temple of the Tooth; shot on assignment for Ashraff Associates and The Radh, Kandy in October 2018.

Pre-Performance Butterflies

Gateway College Carol Service by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Primary school choir at the Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Smart Media and Gateway College. December 2018.

Dialogin

Dialogin' #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
naattami, a stevedore-like labourer at the Manning Market, in Pettah, wears a tshirt advertising an internet service provider. In spite of the fact that mobile phone-based internet access in Sri Lanka has far outpaced desktop and laptop access, and made internet usage widespread, many of the country’s poorer classes have no entry to the web, and little interest in it. Colombo, April 2018.

Broken Mirror #5

The Randenigala Reservoir, Sri Lanka #5 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
The Randenigala Reservoir, surrounded by the Rantembe Reserve, in the Central Highlands east of Digana. Sri Lanka, December 2018.

A Night at the Fruit Market, Kandy #5

A Night at the Fruit Market, Kandy #5 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Shermaine Willis and Anuradha Perera, shot on assignment for Ashraff Associates and The Radh, Kandy. Sri Lanka, October 2018.

A Long Walk with King Coconuts

Long Walk with King Coconuts #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Thambili, as it is known locally, in Sinhalese, the king coconut provides a refreshing drink, be it it on a sunny beach or a misty mountain. In this dawn photograph, a vendor carries a heavy load of them across the Nine Arch Bridge, close to Ella, in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka, in anticipation, no doubt, of the coming crowds of tourists. The historic stone viaduct is a popular spot for sightseers, located as it is on the Colombo-Badulla rail route, now considered one of the world’s great train journeys. Shot on assignment for The New York Times, specifically for award-winning travel writer Lucas Peterson’s piece, An Island Nation that is Best Savored Slowly, which ran in the Frugal Traveler column on January 30th 2019.

The Only Protection

Masked #57 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
“Pirith nool” — thread or cords over which Buddhist scriptural verses have been chanted — are commonly worn on the wrist as protection in Sri Lanka. Shot for “The Masked Women” project. Colombo, July 2017.

The Best Seat in the House

The Best Seat in the House by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
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”. Shot on assignment for The New York Times. 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 for more photos and the full story.
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On the Street of Lawyers #3

The Street of Lawyers, Kandy, Sri Lanka #3 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Shermaine Willis and Anuradha Perera, 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.