Generic New York


Times Square

42nd St Subway.


shot from the hip.



Mom. Chinatown, NYC.
Christmas Day.

The Guggenheim, New York

There's a blizzard brewing outside.

New Header

Like a friend said in the comments, I thought the old header was a bit jarring with its underlining. Instead of fixing it, I just though id make a new one.

Source Picture (from trincomalee, overlooking the ocean from Koneshwaran temple):

some photoshoppery later:

It's interesting that after switching the header to the right, I still kept the headers square or at least rectangular in shape. Dunno how it occurred to me that I could experiment with different shapes and forms and placement of text. This ones a bit safe but I like how it looks. Maybe ill do something more adventurous later on.

I think this header was partially inspired by penny shaped Daguerreotype photographs. I like how it was the style to set portraits in circular frames, I guess this is still seen as a natural fit considering how people vingette studio portraits in an ellipse around a portrait.

old photo/cabinet card

I've been watching this great show on BBC called genius of photography, and thats what got me into daguerreotype. I think you should check it out if you're even partially interested in photography, the production quality is fantastic.

The youtube channel contains all the episodes. I'm on episode 4 now. Episode 3 was really good, if you want to just get your feet wet.

Train ride

I took a train from Ragama to Pettah once and and had my camera with me. Pretty self explanatory.





Year In review

Cheap tricks


I'm completely overwhelmed by finals right now. At least the weather is wonderful. No, seriously though, I love snowy weather as opposed to shitty rain all the time.

Action Shot

Jon built himself this crazy bass pedal board out of some old organ pedals and keyboard. Its kind of genius really: he can play bass and guitar at the same time now. I wont try to go into to much detail on how he built it, but if you're interested here is Jon himself describing the process.

I got this action shot of him while he was practicing.

I got a nice phone a while back and it does a lot of things most phones I've owned cant even hope of doing. One of those things is it's ability to take very decent quality pictures. I have some shots from Sri Lanka that I will upload soon as well.

It's a lot more convenient than carrying a dslr around and I like that I have it near me most of the time. This, I find, has allowed me to take pictures of things around me which have over time turned into a visual diary of sorts.

Vegetable juice and audiobooks: your best friends on long, solo roadtrips. Audio books are a fantastic way to eat up the miles. The vegetable juice, however, is harder to justify.

I am the caretaker of my favorite turtle again! This little guy has tons of character, and I just want to take pictures of him(her?)and put stupid Lolcat slogans on them.

I spent a good few weeks trying to build a road bike from an old frame that I bought from a friend. It ended pretty awfully as I found out after building it up that the front fork was bent and probably been in an accident. I was devastated, kinda still am. But imma make this bike deal work out soon.

This is baby, she is a pretty big deal in my neck of the woods. She is also a movie star. During our Halloween party, she was also a part of this grizzly installation.

I helped shoot a short film at the Carnegie Library of Braddock for a grant application. This was the set up for the interviews, and I thought it looked pretty legit considering our pretty low no budget set up.

Freshly painted bridge near Braddock, PA.


Old picture from the Carrie furnace trip almost a year ago. I'm not sure why I didnt upload it, im quite fond of it.


Sunday Morning


For the lack of a better title

Call it random. These pictures are from the same roll, and some are from the general region of Pettah, but I like to think of them having separate themes/feeling to them.

I really like the focus in this picture, even though it's not 'correct'(the middle of the plant is not in focus, but the spiky branches closest to you are).

People roasting peanuts in a shop in Pettah somewhere

Strange roundabout monument

The state of the Millers building is a shame, but I think there are plans to refurbish it.

New Header

It's been a while since I've had a new header, so I went ahead and made this one:


Using this source picture from the prayer tree in the Trinco


How does it look?
State of mind is everything, trick yourself into a good one.

Picture unrelated.


The details

When you live away from home for extended periods of time, the first things you start to forget are the little details: textures, the colors and how the little things are just slightly more different than anywhere else.
When you come back home after being gone for long, when you look out the the window from the plane and look down at the distant shapes of the paddy fields that grow bigger until you can start making out people and houses, it all starts flooding back.
By the time you're in a van on the way home from the airport, at Negombo street level, the sensory overload just starts overwhelming you- its like revenge for forgetting how things smell, and how personal space is scaled down relative to the country you're in, and how much out of sync you are with your surroundings.
These senses fill your jet-lagged, emotionally overworked brain and starts to fill you with worry: that things have changed and that everyone has left you behind.

And then you come home. Everything starts settling down and the familiar starts rushing back and you're rested enough to know where to file away the different sensations that are vying for your attention.

I go through the pictures I've taken during my time at home and I realize that half of them are wide aperture shots of little details. You always remember the shape of the house, nothing can make you forget that. But you start to forget the layout of the garden, the shape and the feel of the rock and how peaceful things are. I think I took these so I wouldnt forget those things.










Kite season was in full swing when I was back home in August. It drives the kids nuts and I feel like someone was always trying untangle a kite stuck on a lamp post/tree/roof near where we live.

Paddy fields are naturally the best places to fly kites because none of the aforementioned structures obstruct the kite's path. So anyone looking for the smarter kids on the block should look no further than at those flying kites in paddy fields.
My logic is flawless.

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The picture however, is not.

Galle Face

I had some time to kill while in Colombo once and I walked up to the galle face green and took a few pictures. I shot a roll of B&W film, but to get to that I had to finish off a roll of colour first. I haven't got the B&W developed yet, but I will post those when I get them.

These two shots are from these odd-looking coke vendors (ha), who deal (ha, again) out of giant coke bottle shaped stalls. Their stuff(on a roll now) is super expensive, and in the searing heat it is so tempting to splurge on some iced cream soda.



Oh yeah, so it looks like my ME-1 has developed a consistent light leak. I am so pissed. It's left that on almost every picture.



Try to spot it here

Seen on Shadyside, Pittsburgh.

I have ridiculous dogs




Prayer Tree




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Strange bunker like thing, built on some rocks on the ocean. I bet when the tide is low this thing is less peculiar.

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