Down in the Mine #6

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A moonstone miner in the cramped and claustrophobic conditions of a ‘donawa’ — a horizontal tunnel at the bottom of a moonstone mine, roughly 10m long, but only 2.5m square — working by electric light, in 35ºC temperatures, often in waist-deep water. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka. My story, ‘The Moonstones of Meetiyagoda‘, ran in the February 2017 issue.
Down in the Mine #7 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
A miner transfers gravel into a bucket at the bottom of a 20m-deep moonstone mine. The high water table means that these mines have to be constantly pumped out to avoid flooding. The horizontal ‘donawas’ lead away from the bottom of the shaft. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka.
Down in the Mine by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Ascending and descending the ‘yati illama’, means using the coconut logs reinforcing the mineshaft. Most of the world’s blue moonstones are mined here in the small village of Meetiyagoda, close to Hikkaduwa, in southern Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka.
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The final product; a necklace of blue moonstones. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka. My story, ‘The Moonstones of Meetiyagoda‘, ran in the February 2017 issue.

Shopkeeper, Maharagama, Sri Lanka #15

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Sri Lanka, April 2018.
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Fajr Salah

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Muslim school children at morning prayer in Dehiwela, a suburb of Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. Shot in October 2018, for Smart Media and Gateway College.
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Schoolboy, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Shot in November 2018, for Smart Media and Gateway College.
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Shopkeeper, Maharagama, Sri Lanka #2

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Pavement Hawker, Maharagama, Sri Lanka

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I shot this in April 2018, in the huge textile bazaar that sprawls over 5km, on the streets between Maharagama and Pamunuwa, just south of Colombo. The picture was taken just days before the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year, one of Sri Lanka’s biggest celebrations, comparable to Christmas in its scenes of frenzied shopping.
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