Its great to be back in Sri Lanka escaping the winter for three months, this time shooting a new book for Thames and Hudson on Sri Lanka's stunning architecture, landscapes and people, a follow on from Living in Sri Lanka in 2004, which Turtle Bunbury penned the text for.
On this occasion i am with writer and brother in law to Turtle, the fast moving Tom Sykes and family, and we are trying to explore areas of the country that were off bounds, due to the war, on all of my previous. Thankfully like any war it appears to have now finished, despite the brutal and questionable ending.
We went to Gal Oya lodge and spent a day with the last aboriginal Hunter-Gatherer people of Sri Lanka - and below is an article that Tom has written, with a small selection of the large quantity of images i seem to have shot. We also did some early morning boat safari which produced some pretty epic dawn light, plenty of birds and one lone elephant on a place called bird Island, but not much else in terms of wildlife - still it was worth the seven hour trek through some of Sri Lanka's worst roads which have just been de-mined, but epic secnery.