To my mind, the archetypal “fleeting moment” photography comes from the gritty streets of New York, or Berlin, or some other uber-cool urban location. But I’m deeply into the exotic (as if you hadn’t noticed) and have never been one of the cool crowd. So here are some of the more exotic fleeting moments I’ve stumbled across, out and about in Sri Lanka.
The main feature comes after the shorts, because I think the shorts are always delicious too:
Kandy – the city gets back to normal after the final, day, perahera. (Sorry about the quality – it’s a scan of a degraded print from the ’90s.)
No. Not Sri Lanka circa 1950, more like 2oo0, though becoming a less and less familiar sight on our country roads. So proud of his magnificent animals, the cartman enjoyed his leisurely lifestyle, but was resigned his son will likely drive a truck.
But they haven’t disappeared yet … outside the old market, Galle, 2010.
Ok, here’s the main event. My friend Mo and I were driving back from visiting friends upcountry just before Wesak (the weekend of the Comments meltdown) and had just settled ourselves back into the car after risking life and limb taking pictures of a hidden valley way down below the level of the road. We rounded a bend and whoa – look who was coming down the road toward us, in that quiet, economical pace an elephant has when she has a perahera to get to.
An elephant’s progress (if one stops to take as many pictures as one can while she’s in one’s vicinity) isn’t quite fleeting, but click on the first thumbnail to take a look at a few fleeting moments as this lovely lady and her mahouts passed through an unknown settlement on the Kegale-Avisavella Road at the beginning of May. Like the bullock carts – once so representative of Sri Lanka country life – the days of seeing literally hundreds of elephants on the move to peraheras around the country have become rare – now mostly they take a truck. (This one’s for Kate Shrewsday – she said she’d like to see an elephant walking down the road.)
I hope you’ve enjoyed another glimpse of paradise!