The Bandaranaike Quay, the South Asia Gateway Terminal and, beyond, the new East Terminal. In the background is the vast new Colombo South Harbour. As can be clearly seen, the port is both a civilian and military facility; a passenger liner sharing space with Navy and Coast Guard vessels. Shot from the top of the 350m Lotus Tower in March 2018.
The patch of jungle at the very top of Pidurangala, 200m above the Sigiriya Plains, is believed to hide the ruins of a small stupa. It’s hard to say what caused the geometric pattern of lines in the foreground, but they are clearly manmade. The worn edges of the grooves suggest that they are not from the modern era; Pidurangala is a volcanic plug, and the hardened magma it consists of would have taken much longer to wear away than regular rock. Shot for my story on Sigiriya and Pidurangala which ran in the April 2018 issue of Serendib magazine.
A cinnamon plantation worker forks dried cinnamon leaves to fuel a kiln. The leaves are a byproduct of the cinnamon industry in which the bark and oil is used in the in the production of food and perfume. Shot in Padukke, Sri Lanka, in September 2017, for Verge International, a manufacturer of essential oils.
A former tank driver in the Sri Lanka Army’s Armoured Corps, Janaka Ravindra from Anuradhapura, is forced to live in Colombo so that his oldest daughter, who has Downs Syndrome, can go to a special needs school run by the Army. To fund the high expenses of life in a big city, Janaka used twenty years of Army service gratuity to buy a small car which he now drives on behalf of Über and Pickme. Shot at the Elvitigala Flats, where he lives with his wife and two daughters, for The Connected Sri Lankan, a collaborative study by J Walter Thompson and TNS Kantar on how Sri Lankans engage with the internet. Colombo, September 2017.
A series of rocky outcroppings of the Central Highlands, which lie further south, the Araula Range is 600m at its highest point, the Erawalgala Ridge, just east of Kandalama and Dambulla. In the foreground is the Kayanwala Tank, one of Sri Lanka’s many ancient manmade reservoirs. Shot facing south from the 200m high Sigiriya rock fortress in December 2017.
Main entrance to the Pidurangala Raja Maha Viharaya in north-central Sri Lanka. Shot for my story on Sigiriya and Pidurangala, which runs in the April 2018 issue of Serendib magazine.
The east Colombo ward of Borella, just after sundown. Shot through a 3-inch gap in a window on the 9th floor of the Golden Key Hospital in Rajagiriya. Sri Lanka, April 2018.
Better known as Noori, after the Noori Tea Estate, created in 1928 by Francis Ademalai, who named it after his eldest daughter, Dodawatte also produces a considerable quantity of rubber. Shot for my story, Noori: Fiery Green Mountains and Shining Waters, which ran in the January 2018 issue of Serendib magazine.
Sigiriya is a 200m high flat-topped volcanic plug on top of which is a ruined palace and gardens, built in the 5th century by King Kashyapa I of Anuradhapura. Sigiriya, and the city below it functioned as the capital of the Anuradhapura Kingdom until Kashyapa’s death and the defeat of his army; after which, the capital returned to Anuradhapura. Sigiriya became once more the Buddhist monastery it had been before Kashyapa’s arrival, and continued as such until the 14th century, when it was abandoned. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the rock served for brief periods as an outpost of the Kandyan Kingdom before being abandoned again. In 1831, it was discovered by Maj Jonathan Forbes of the 78th Highlanders. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site, one of seven in Sri Lanka. Shot for my story on Sigiriya and Pidurangala, which runs in the April 2018 issue of Serendib magazine.