Chulie de Silva:The power of black & white Originally posted on Art Blart: Exhibition dates: 2nd May – 2nd November 2014 Curator: National Portrait Gallery Senior Curator of Photographs Ann Shumard Decisive exposure Whether there was, or he understood there to be, a “decisive” moment when Eugène Atget took a photograph is unknown… but I think that what he was trying to achieve ...

Chasing Jade Dragons with Mao Tsetung The birds, squirrels and the monkeys that greet me every morning have deserted me and I sit a tad forlornly watching the rain pelting down.  Hmm, the grass will need cutting soon, but the more urgent need is company with the morning cuppa.The one I select is past its prime. A bit battered and worn out the outer skin crumbles ...

On a Street Art Trail in Colombo Chulie de Silva:A side of Colombo I didn’t know — fascinating a must read! Originally posted on A Life of Saturdays: A man (Gihan, he tells me his name later) catches sight of me surveying a stencil of a smiling child sandwiched between a photocopy shop and a dilapidated building on Dawson Street, and signals from across the road: “There’s ...

Jaffna Railway Station in 2009 Today, after 24 years, trains have started running to Jaffna, linking Colombo and the northern city. There are plenty of jubilant photos of President Rajapaksa aboard the brand new shiny “Yal Devi” train. It was time for me to dig my archives for photos I took on1 Sep. 2009. Take a minute to pause and look at the station then, ...

Jaffna Railway Station in 2009 Today, after 24 years, trains have started running to Jaffna, linking Colombo and the northern city. There are plenty of jubilant photos of President Rajapaksa aboard the brand new shiny “Yal Devi” train. It was time for me to dig my archives for photos I took on1 Sep. 2009. Take a minute to pause and look at the station then, ...

Capering at Cape Byron Lighthouse “You take so many photos, you get us to stand this way and that way, but we never gets to see them,” yelled my sister, all the way from Brisbane, the other day. The line crackled, and I mumbled about lost computers and hard disks crashing, which sounded lame even to my own ears. Most of the time, we ignore ...

Capering at Cape Byron Lighthouse “You take so many photos, you get us to stand this way and that way, but we never gets to see them,” yelled my sister, all the way from Brisbane, the other day. The line crackled, and I mumbled about lost computers and hard disks crashing, which sounded lame even to my own ears. Most of the time, we ignore ...

‘It’s been way too long': Apple sends out invites for Thursday, October 16th iPad & Mac event Originally posted on 9to5Mac: It’s happening: Apple has just announced a keynote address for Thursday, October 16th to take place at the Town Hall auditorium on its Infinite Loop Campus in Cupertino, California. Invitations to select members of the media and special guests indicate that the event will, as always, begin at 10 AM Pacific time/1 PM Eastern Time. News ...

‘It’s been way too long': Apple sends out invites for Thursday, October 16th iPad & Mac event Originally posted on 9to5Mac: It’s happening: Apple has just announced a keynote address for Thursday, October 16th to take place at the Town Hall auditorium on its Infinite Loop Campus in Cupertino, California. Invitations to select members of the media and special guests indicate that the event will, as always, begin at 10 AM Pacific time/1 PM Eastern Time. News ...

Unboxing the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 The tsunami affected about one million people and devastated over two thirds of Sri Lanka’s coastline. The tragedy claimed more than 35,000 human lives, injured nearly 21,500 people and left 1500 children orphaned. Photo copyright Chulie de Silva The tsunami day is the longest day and the hardest night of my life and somewhere in the last ten years I ...

Unboxing the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 The tsunami affected about one million people and devastated over two thirds of Sri Lanka’s coastline. The tragedy claimed more than 35,000 human lives, injured nearly 21,500 people and left 1500 children orphaned. Photo copyright Chulie de Silva The tsunami day is the longest day and the hardest night of my life and somewhere in the last ten years I ...

In May I go a-walking in Washington Yes, it was the Spring of 2008 and I was in Washington DC — the big city. Armed with my new camera I was drunk with the thrill of taking photos. Every moment of light was grabbed –early morning before going to work and evenings as the day ended. Playtime in the gardens of the cathedral. Photograph©Chulie de Silva Hearts ...

In May I go a-walking in Washington Yes, it was the Spring of 2008 and I was in Washington DC — the big city. Armed with my new camera I was drunk with the thrill of taking photos. Every moment of light was grabbed –early morning before going to work and evenings as the day ended. Playtime in the gardens of the cathedral. Photograph©Chulie de Silva Hearts ...

Random Clicks In Kilinochchi Dancing girls Kilinochchi, 21 July 2010. Photograph©Chulie de Silva Going up North for work was so interesting in 2010. North was reviving and there was this wonderful joyous exuberance – especialy among the young. The only setback for me was that I often had to put my camera through the window and plead with the drivers to slow down ...

Random Clicks In Kilinochchi Dancing girls Kilinochchi, 21 July 2010. Photograph©Chulie de Silva Going up North for work was so interesting in 2010. North was reviving and there was this wonderful joyous exuberance – especialy among the young. The only setback for me was that I often had to put my camera through the window and plead with the drivers to slow down ...

The Old Nupe Market, Matara Central Turret, Nupe Market Matara, 31 May 2014. Photograph©Chulie de Silva “I always remembered it for its shingled roof,” said a friend who hails from Matara about the Market in Nupe. Yes, the red Sinhala Kandyan period flat tiles –peti-ulu are there in this airy T-shaped building located at Wilmot Balasuriya Mawatha in Matara. This interesting heritage building of the ...

The Old Nupe Market, Matara Central Turret, Nupe Market Matara, 31 May 2014. Photograph©Chulie de Silva “I always remembered it for its shingled roof,” said a friend who hails from Matara about the Market in Nupe. Yes, the red Sinhala Kandyan period flat tiles –peti-ulu are there in this airy T-shaped building located at Wilmot Balasuriya Mawatha in Matara. This interesting heritage building of the ...

Matara: Digging Legends Saman the crab catcher, rows across the Nilwala River. Matara. 31 May 2014Photograph© Chulie de Silva After a days romp through the staid Dutch built Church, Fort and other monuments, I started digging around for the history of Matara and its legends. One of the legends that emerged is of the scholar poet King Kumaradasa or Kumaradhatusena son of ...

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