Monsoon Beach #3

Monsoon Beach #3 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Talalla Bay, Sri Lanka. July 2020.

Sea & Lagoon

Sea & Lagoon #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
The Kalpitiya Lagoon, on the west coast of Sri Lanka, is cut off from the Indian Ocean by a spit of sand that is in places less than a hundred metres across. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines. My story, ‘Wind Riders‘, on the kiteboarders of Kalpitiya, ran in the September 2017 issue.

Land of Salt

Salterns, Puttalam, Sri Lanka #6 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Salterns, Puttalam Lagoon, August 2017. Salt has been produced here from seawater since the 18th century, and the name Puttalam is likely derived from the Tamil word ‘upputhalam’, or ‘place of salt’. 

On the Midlands Road, Rattota #3

Midlands Road and Estate, Matale, Sri Lanka #3 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
The scenic, but very narrow, B274 from Matale Town to Riverstone takes a fork at a road that acquires its name from the Midlands tea estate, established by AG Milne & Co in 1870. Shot on assignment for Explore Sri Lanka magazine. My story, ‘A Drive through Rattota‘, explores a couple of lesser-known but still excellent driving roads in central Sri Lanka, and ran in the June 2017 issue.

A Morning Walk #3

Morning Walk, Talalla Bay #3 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Talalla Bay, Sri Lanka. July 2020.

The Land Without Lakes

The Southern Plains by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
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.

The Beirut Waterfront

The Beirut Waterfront by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
The amazing Mediterranean capital of Lebanon, as seen from my apartment balcony. Shot on film, in the early summer of 2000.

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.

Side Door, Sivan Kovil

Side Door, Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Constructed entirely in black granite carved by South Indian stoneworkers brought in especially for the job, the Sivan Kovil’s monochrome austerity stands in stark contrast to the extremely colourful Hindu temples and shrines seen throughout Sri Lanka and southern India. Located on Aluthmawatha, in Kochchikade, opposite the Colombo dockyards, this Hindu temple is also known as the Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil, after its founder and onetime patron, Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan. The Sri Lankan independence activist built the kovil in 1915.