Down in the Mine #6

Down in the Mine #6 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
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.
Moonstones on Display #3 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
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.

“Tickets, Please!” #2

Tickets, Please! by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
The entrance hall of the Victorian-style Maradana Railway Station. Built in 1908, Maradana is Colombo’s second-oldest operational railway station. Shot on assignment for Serendib, in which my story, ‘A Visit to the Maradana Railway Station‘, one of the few almost completely black and white features published by that travel magazine, ran in June 2017.
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Watching over Rice

Watching Over Rice by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
A rickety platform perched above a broad expanse of paddy field will be manned each night by a farmer guarding his ripening rice from the elephants that patrol the border between human cultivation and the Ritigala Strict Nature Reserve. Shot for my photo story, “The Road to Ritigala“, which ran in the March 2016 issue of Explore Sri Lanka magazine. Check out my upcoming interview in ASH Smyth’s Sunday Times column this weekend in which, amongst other things, we discuss an eerie encounter at the top of Ritigala Mountain.

Arched Wings

Colombo National Museum #10 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Vaulted walkways at the National Museum of Colombo link the original building, opened to the public in 1877, to the newer wings added in the early 20th century. Shot for my photo story, “Katu Ge“, which ran in the October 2017 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines.
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Driving in the Dolosbage Mountains, Sri Lanka

Driving in the Dolosbage Mountains, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
The road up from Dolosbage to the base of the Kabaragala-Rakshagala Ridge, taken while on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines. My photo story, “Mountains in the Jungle“, ran in the June 2018 issue.
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Ventura Beach #3

Ventura Beach, Bentota, Sri Lanka #3 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
A windy day at what is still one of the best beaches on the west coast of Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines. My story, Eternal Bentota, ran in the November 2016 issue.
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The Temple of War #2

The Temple of War #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
The preaching and meditation hall at the Nagadeepa Viharaya, close to Mahiyanganaya, in eastern Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka magazine. My road trip piece, The Temple of War, appeared in the April 2016 issue.
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In Search of the Jungle Buddha

Madakada Aranya Senasanaya, Sri Lanka #4 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
A banyan tree forms a natural arch over a walkway leading through the rain forests of Ingiriya, in southwestern Sri Lanka, to the Madakada Aranya Senasanaya, a Buddhist monastery where monks meditate in caves in the hillside. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines. My photo story, Jungle Streams and Trails in Ingiriya, ran in the December 2017 issue.
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Solomon’s Garden #2

Solomon's Garden #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
The riverside entrance to a landscaped garden, named after a beloved former staff member of the Roman Catholic Daham Sevana Intermediate Seminary, at Mt Eden, in Kalutara, Sri Lanka. February 2017. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines.
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Morning in Dolosbage, Sri Lanka #3

Dolosbage, Sri Lanka #3 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
The Ganga Ihala Korale* and the Deltota Mountains, shot from the Dolosbage Ridge, on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines. My photo story, “Mountains in the Jungle”, ran in the June 2018 issue.
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