In the course of composing items for THUPPAHI and during our family travels around the globe, photographs were ‘shot’ at will. These, of course, are amateur products. But on occasions the settings and subjects are striking or unusual. As one ages and withers, there is less hesitation in focusing on one’s past and the display of personal ventures.
Casting Net near Wattala in Lanka where a canal meets the sea and I was at the prow of a padda boat
… and there are a few more chance moments that could spike reader interest.
However, the two camera shots that follow were carefully ‘constructed’ in the sense that the marvellous Indian settings encouraged me to choose my spot and time and select the location where I stood. The first picture is from the roof top of the pensione that Shona and I were staying at and displays the Royal Palace on an island on Lake Pichola in Udaipur; while the second shows the battlements of the Fort at Jaiselmer captured through a decorated window on the top floor of a medievaal haveli belonging to an opulent family in the town that nestles below the Fort…. yes, below the fort.
while Kim & Maya pose in the first car we owned while at Augusta Hill, Peradeniya University in the early 1970s;
… Shona & Michael in the Rocky mountains in …aha ..when?
…. while a kookaburra surveys the world in its majestic style in our back garden at Glenalta, Adelaide
Intimate study group in discussion at the Centro Incontri Umani at Ascona, in Ticino, Switzerland in the summer 2007(?)
Michael at Yapahuva and the Vatadage at some point in the 1990s
with snaps of Shona in striking settings during other travels: one of the two of us at the little pond on top of Sigiriya fortress; ….
another of Shona at a kasbah in Morocco in the year 2018 or so; ….
….. while there have been striking scenarios closer to home in Australia:
….. the remnants of a wreck on the shoreline sands of Fraser Island off Queensland being one example;…
However, there is no way forward in life without friends … and stalwart family ‘pillars.’
Trevor Roosmale-Cocq: a lifelong pal from Galle days in the 1950s; … to the De Alwises of Kalahe off Galle; and “Sam” Samarasinghe of Peradeniya University, the Ceylon Studies Seminar and the ICES in Kandy …
However, ultimately, my upbringing an routes depended on my father and a ‘contingent’ of elder sisters: Margie, Violet, Norah, dodo, Sheilae, Estelle and Audrey. To THEM, no praise would be adequate. A warm THANK YOU My Dear Sisters is all I can say as every one of them now rests in peace up there.