Pic of the Week_Serenity in Stone

Hasselblad 500CM camera and Hasselblad 150mm f4 Sonnar lens with Kodak Ektacolor Gold 160 Professional film Hasselblad 500CM camera and Hasselblad 150mm f4 Sonnar lens with Kodak Ektacolor Gold 160 Professional film

Built in the 7th Century A.D., by King Agbo IV, the Medirigiriya ruins are located in a quiet, peaceful setting thirty-nine kilometres north of the famous ancient city of Polonnaruwa.

While the above image is an old one, recently emerging from my film-based archive and given a new life on the desktop, it brings back memories of the day and the very act of making the image. I remember wandering around the site with my best friend Cutts (Darren Cuttler) and the trouble I took to compose the image with my camera, firmly fixed to a Manfrotto 055 tripod, with one of those silly three-lever heads. These days I find the ball head to be a smaller, faster, more flexible, and superior alternative.

The site itself seems to possess a haunting power. It’s off the beaten path and, therefore, somewhat isolated. I remember being taken by the quiet solitude of the site. It was as though its history, spoken through the ages, somehow remained in the present. I hope that the grim textured surface of the stone Buddha statue, contrasting with the lush green of the surrounding lake and trees, provides a sense of the underlying power of the site.

Sri Lanka is a very beautiful country. Despite a turbulent recent history, the people of this island nation remain true to their Buddhist beliefs. They are kind, gentle and compassionate. I look forward to re-visiting this marvellous country again.

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