My initial fascination started off with one photo I took using my Dad's new (and jealously guarded) Olympus. The photograph was of the sunlight reflecting from the waters of Lake Gregory in N' Eliya and I can still remember the auto focus whirring up as it tried to focus on the ripples.
A year overseas I accumulated close to 1000 photographs and slides documenting this that and everything that caught my eye - and as a Senior in High School quite a lot did!
Sadly those pics are no more and all I have are memories of them.
It wasn't till 2005 that I re kindle my passion, primarily because I was about to leave for South Africa - I just could not go without a camera - a canon S1 IS, 5MEGP with a 10 optical zoom.
This was subsequently replaced with the S5 which is what I use right now, a camera that I very happy with given the range of features it gives me.
Today I thought I'd share a few of the photographs that I am proud of
River of Stone
This was taken on the road from Sella Kataragama. Those trees that line the road were planted at the behest of President R Premadasa,who for all he's short comings, did more for this country I think than has any other recent President.
I was looking for a moment free of traffic, that a dog chose to appear at that very moment added to this image. Someone saw this photograph on flickr and chose to paint a miniature oil of it - it was up on e bay for a few weeks, sadly no takers; so I bought it
Alex, my dearest friend from South Africa. She is one of the most photogenic people I know, so at ease in front of the lens, she truly inspired me to compose images in a striking format
It took a few days before it 'dawned'on me that there was a regular flight every morning,just as the sun rose above Africa. It took me a few days before I got just the photograph I wanted, as the a new day dawned upon Magwa, the jet stream of an international flight streaked across the sky
The Gate of No Return
The light at the end of this tunnel was not one of hope but of despair. That blue sky in the distance is framed by a doorway on the island of Goree, Senegal, West Africa. It was along this dark corridor and through that door countless numbers of slaves walked aboard slave ships bound for the West Indies and the Americas.
Taken in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and the inspiration for this post.
The Niger river at Boubon, Niger and a kid enjoying the cool waters! The Niger by the way is Africa's third longest river, a little over 4000km as I recollect it.
Shades of Yellow
The different hues of yellow came out so well,contrasting with her brown skin tone - East London, South Africa
One of a herd walking along the bund of the Kataragama Wewa.
Somewhere along a road in Ghana. The blue set of well by the timely presence of a chicken
Silence - Grahamstown, South Africa
Dusk - Luanda, Angola
Blue on Blue - Kosgoda, Sri Lanka
The Chicken - Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
African Dawn, Koubri, Burkina Faso
Little Girl - Kosgoda, Sri Lanka
Incense - Sella Kataragama, Sri Lanka
Innovate - Grahamstown,South Africa
Red Eye - Colombo, Sri Lanka
Surreal - Kachantchari, Burkina Faso