The Land Without Lakes

The Southern Plains by Son of the Morning Light on
The foothills of the Central Highlands drop away to the southern plains of Sri Lanka, the flatlands scattered with hundreds of manmade ‘tanks’, or reservoirs, built by kings and prime ministers to irrigate the land. Many of them are thousands of years old. Shot at dusk from the Beragala Pass, in January 2017.

Drummer, Alawala, Sri Lanka #4

Drummer, Alawala, Sri Lanka #4 by Son of the Morning Light on
A drummer — and drum-maker — tests a freshly made geta bera, a traditional Sri Lankan drum made of wood and animal hide. Next to him stands his own, well-used geta bera, a dawula, and the unfinished bodies of several tablas. Shot for my photostory, “A Beat of the Ages”, which appeared in the December 2016 issue of Serendib magazine.

The Connected Sri Lankan

Cover of "The Connected Sri Lankan" by Son of the Morning Light on
Cover of “The Connected Sri Lankan”, a collaborative study with J Walter Thompson and TNS Kantar on how Sri Lankans engage with the internet.

Cutting and Polishing #3

Cutting & Polishing #3 by Son of the Morning Light on
A blue moonstone is cut and polished at a lapidary in Meetiyagoda, Sri Lanka. The little town is the world’s largest supplier of blue moonstones. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka magazine. My photo-story, ‘Mining the Rare Blue Moonstones of Sri Lanka, ran in the February 2017 issue.

Children of the Stairs #88

Face #88 by Son of the Morning Light on
In Udaweriya, perhaps the highest permanently occupied settlement in Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines. My story, ‘The Devil’s Staircase, appeared in the March 2017 issue.


Grounded by Son of the Morning Light on
An outrigger fishing canoe on the shore of the Samanalawewa, normally one of the deepest reservoirs in Sri Lanka. The water level of the Samanalawewa has dropped dramatically in recent months as the country goes through the worst drought in forty years. The high ground on the sides of the photo would usually be far below the surface. January 2017.

Walking the Ramparts #7

Walking the Ramparts #7 by Son of the Morning Light on

Morning over the walls of the 17th century Dutch fort of Galle, in Sri Lanka. Shot from the Triton Bastion in May 2015. The rampart on the left stretches to the Vlagklip Bastion in the distance. Inside the walls is the old town. The Vlagklip Bastion (also known by its later English name, Flagrock) is the southernmost point of Fort Galle and, beyond it, the Indian Ocean stretches 8,000km, almost unbroken, to the Antarctic.

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