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Into The Jungle With Sri Lanka’s Last Hunter-Gatherers

Into The Jungle With Sri Lanka’s Last Hunter-Gatherers

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.




Russborough, A great Irish House, its Families and Collections

Russborough, A great Irish House, its Families and Collections

Its great to see the cover of the new book which i have been shooting for over the last few years - i am looking forward to seeing the actual book when i am back from my three month trip in Sri Lanka for which i am working on a new book on Sri Lankan interiors for Thames and Hudson. 

Photo shoot of antique dealer and writer Josephine Ryan's house in Image Magazine.

A few years back I photographed a book called 'Essentiall Irish' which Josephine Ryan styled and wrote the text for, we had some entertaing trips across Ireland in Januray and February amidst that really cold winter that hit Ireland in about 2010, when everywhere was snowed under and many plants died. Josephine has a superb eye, and as well as writing and styling her main forte is selling amazing french antiques, either through her shop or website. I highly recommend a visit to her site or shop should you like that french rustic faded grandeur look! This is a shoot of her house in London that i did last Autumn which is out in the present issue of Image Interiors.

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