Designed in the neo-renaissance Italianate style by the Ceylon Public Works Department architect, JG Smithers, the National Museum was constructed by Wapchie Marikar in 1877, after much lobbying by the Royal Asiatic Society of the then governor, Sir William Gregory. All three men contributed hugely to Sri Lanka’s British colonial heritage. Smithers also designed the All Saints Church in the Galle Fort, the Old Town Hall in Colombo and, amongst other things, converted an army barracks in the Colombo Fort into what is now the Grand Oriental Hotel. Marikar was additionally responsible for the General Post Office, the Galle Face Hotel, the Victoria Arcade, and numerous other Colombo landmarks that are heritage buildings today. Gregory ordered the creation of Lake Gregory in Nuwara Eliya, which today still supplies the town with electricity via the Blackpool hydro-power station. Shot on assignment for Serendib magazine. My photo story on the National Museum, Katu Ge, runs in the October 2017 issue.
Shot on assignment at Kalpitiya, on the western coast of Sri Lanka, for my story Wind Riders, in the September 2017 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines.
The Colombo National Museum’s most recent exhibit; a 19th century Kandyan kasthane, which was removed to Britain in 1906. The sword was eventually bought at a Sotheby’s auction by an anonymous Russian, and returned to Sri Lanka in August this year, when President Vladimir Putin handed it over to President Maithripala Sirisena during the latter’s state visit. Shot on assignment for Serendib magazine. My photo story on the museum, Katu Ge, runs in the October 2017 issue.
Yes, Sri Lanka’s most famous pork-only café, The Big Bad Wolf, does also have a vegetarian menu. A very short one. With about two things on it.
“Often known locally as the Katu Ge (derived from the Sinhalese word for a museum, kautukagaraya), which literally means “house of bones”, the Colombo National Museum is one of the city’s most striking buildings. Sprawling across its own park-like grounds in the middle of Cinnamon Gardens, the museum is a worthwhile visit for anyone planning to tour Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle. The sheer size of the monuments in the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa can be overwhelming, and a few hours at the museum will be a well spent introduction to the finer points of the country’s history.”
Hall 12, housing the Arts & Crafts section, is in one of the oldest portions of the building, built in 1876. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My photo-story on the museum, Katu Ge, runs in the October 2017 issue. Check it out when you fly SriLankan this month, or follow the link to see an online version.
Kalpitiya, on the west coast of Sri Lanka, gets surfers from all over the world; including this kitesurfer from Brazil. Shot on assignment for Serendib magazine. My story on kiteboarding in Kalpitiya, Wind Riders, runs in the September 2017 issue.
Gampaha, 6am. Shot for The 1st Hour Project, a J Walter Thompson study of urban Sri Lankan families during the first hour of their day.
Kalpitiya, on the west coast of Sri Lanka, is one of the world’s major kiteboarding destinations. Shot on assignment for Serendib, as part of my photo story, Wind Riders, which runs in the September 2017 issue.
Shot on assignment for Serendib magazine. My story on kiteboarding in Kalpitiya, Wind Riders, appears in the September 2017 issue.