Sri Lanka

by Ante Badzim

During my Sri Lankan journey a dolphin wakes me up from my boat nap. Happy to trade my alarm clock for this any day. 

During my Sri Lankan journey a dolphin wakes me up from my boat nap. Happy to trade my alarm clock for this any day. 

by Ante Badzim

Stilt fisherman in Talpe Sri Lanka present a beautiful catch for the camera. Too precious to have even been caught it was returned to the ocean. 
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Stilt fisherman in Talpe Sri Lanka present a beautiful catch for the camera. Too precious to have even been caught it was returned to the ocean.

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by Ante Badzim

One thing that makes me extremely happy is when I see kids taking photos. Something takes control of me and I become the spectator almost the subject for them.  Photography is an effective tool in igniting children’s imagination, self-esteem and to empower. Put a camera in a child’s hand and you will be amazed to see what we as adults are unable to capture.   — with  Moe Elrifai  at  Avukana Buddha statue .

One thing that makes me extremely happy is when I see kids taking photos. Something takes control of me and I become the spectator almost the subject for them.

Photography is an effective tool in igniting children’s imagination, self-esteem and to empower. Put a camera in a child’s hand and you will be amazed to see what we as adults are unable to capture.
 — with Moe Elrifai at Avukana Buddha statue.

by Ante Badzim

Brothers played and explored while their parents watched and smiled. 
 How beautiful to see love and affection in its purest form, with no hesitation even in the company of others. 

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Brothers played and explored while their parents watched and smiled.

How beautiful to see love and affection in its purest form, with no hesitation even in the company of others.

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by Ante Badzim

Just when I thought the sunset colours and view could not get any better, the company of monks made for a perfect moment and capture.   — with  Moe Elrifai  in  Sigiriya, Sri Lanka .  
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Just when I thought the sunset colours and view could not get any better, the company of monks made for a perfect moment and capture. — with Moe Elrifai in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 + 12-40mm f/2.8

by Ante Badzim

Generally if I am approached by a stranger I automatically assume they want something. It is easy to forget that when in another part of the world it could be different, or that back at home at the very least I need to remind myself to let people in, even if they aren’t familiar or make me uncomfortable. 

 Our new friend Ratna made us laugh and taught us that knowledge is the biggest gift you can share. Persistence even in the most awkward and challenging moments with strangers are the most fulfilling, I am glad we let this stranger in and we were lucky enough to learn about the history of  Sigiriya . 

  Olympus OM-D E-M1 + 25mm f/1.8

Generally if I am approached by a stranger I automatically assume they want something. It is easy to forget that when in another part of the world it could be different, or that back at home at the very least I need to remind myself to let people in, even if they aren’t familiar or make me uncomfortable.

Our new friend Ratna made us laugh and taught us that knowledge is the biggest gift you can share. Persistence even in the most awkward and challenging moments with strangers are the most fulfilling, I am glad we let this stranger in and we were lucky enough to learn about the history of Sigiriya.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 + 25mm f/1.8

by Ante Badzim

One thing which struck me in Sri Lanka is the way children play and what makes them happy.    Waiting at Hatton Station I was watching kids interact. I saw new friendship blossom over school books and comparing colourful pencil cases. It all reminded me of my childhood, a time where face to face interaction was what we knew best.    I am happy knowing the more fulfilling way of communicating is still the way in Sri Lanka. I hope that these kids when older appreciate it for what it is, just as I hope many of us now do.  

  

  Olympus E-M1 + 75mm f/1.8

One thing which struck me in Sri Lanka is the way children play and what makes them happy.

Waiting at Hatton Station I was watching kids interact. I saw new friendship blossom over school books and comparing colourful pencil cases. It all reminded me of my childhood, a time where face to face interaction was what we knew best.

I am happy knowing the more fulfilling way of communicating is still the way in Sri Lanka. I hope that these kids when older appreciate it for what it is, just as I hope many of us now do.

Olympus E-M1 + 75mm f/1.8

by Ante Badzim

The sun had set and time got the better of us, my friend and I were the only ones remaining at the top of Sigiriya.  The last remaining moments of light we came across 4 monks that we had befriended earlier. There was a surreal moment makin g our way back down the 1202 steps in darkness, being guided by monks illuminating our path with the light from their mobiles.  Jumping fences and slightly disorientated we all made it safely to the bottom. We thanked our new friends and said goodbye smiling, one monk took a liking to my friend  Moe  and had even asked for his number .   
  
  The perfect ending to a perfect day.  
  
 

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The sun had set and time got the better of us, my friend and I were the only ones remaining at the top of Sigiriya.

The last remaining moments of light we came across 4 monks that we had befriended earlier. There was a surreal moment making our way back down the 1202 steps in darkness, being guided by monks illuminating our path with the light from their mobiles.

Jumping fences and slightly disorientated we all made it safely to the bottom. We thanked our new friends and said goodbye smiling, one monk took a liking to my friend Moe and had even asked for his number .
The perfect ending to a perfect day.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 + 12-40mm f2.8

by Ante Badzim

Arriving in Talpe near   Galle   towards the end of our trip was always going to be a rewarding one. It was the first time during the Sri Lankan journey that there would be time to really relax, reflect and go for a well deserved swim in the oc  ean.  Our tuk tuk driver reminded me of home, the surfer type with scruffy hair, relaxed attitude and contagious smile. Even still with this reminder I wasn’t ready to go home, to be honest I still wish I was there.  

  Olympus E-M1 + 50mm f/1.8

Arriving in Talpe near Galle towards the end of our trip was always going to be a rewarding one. It was the first time during the Sri Lankan journey that there would be time to really relax, reflect and go for a well deserved swim in the ocean.

Our tuk tuk driver reminded me of home, the surfer type with scruffy hair, relaxed attitude and contagious smile. Even still with this reminder I wasn’t ready to go home, to be honest I still wish I was there.

Olympus E-M1 + 50mm f/1.8

by Ante Badzim

Boy resting during his journey to Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka. 
 I was on my way down from the peak after a 1am start to reach the top for sunset. The journey down was a little easier but after climbing 5200 steps my legs were jelly. Climbing at night was made easier with the cooler temperatures but many take on Adam’s Peak during the day, perhaps to further test their physical, mental and spiritual strength. 
 It was incredible seeing the endurance of so many elderly. The strength that faith gave these people is mind blowing, it overtook any pain they had to complete the journey. 

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Boy resting during his journey to Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka.

I was on my way down from the peak after a 1am start to reach the top for sunset. The journey down was a little easier but after climbing 5200 steps my legs were jelly. Climbing at night was made easier with the cooler temperatures but many take on Adam’s Peak during the day, perhaps to further test their physical, mental and spiritual strength.

It was incredible seeing the endurance of so many elderly. The strength that faith gave these people is mind blowing, it overtook any pain they had to complete the journey.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 + 12-40mm f2.8

by Ante Badzim

One of my first photos captured at Sigiriya, the Lion Rock. 
 I don’t really have a story behind this image but I think it speaks for itself. With a view like this to photograph one doesn’t need words. 

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One of my first photos captured at Sigiriya, the Lion Rock.

I don’t really have a story behind this image but I think it speaks for itself. With a view like this to photograph one doesn’t need words.

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by Ante Badzim

Waiting for my train to Ella from  Hatton, Sri Lanka . 
 Had just waved goodbye to some new friends from Spain. The next train to Ella was delayed and I was a little annoyed because of it. I now realise and am reminded that things happen for a reason. I now had more time at the station and met a beautiful family, my friend travelling with me spent time feeding the stray dogs determined to save them all . 
 I am now grateful for the delay as I was able to capture this image, which still remains a favourite. Lesson learnt, just go with it and don’t rush. 
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Waiting for my train to Ella from Hatton, Sri Lanka.

Had just waved goodbye to some new friends from Spain. The next train to Ella was delayed and I was a little annoyed because of it. I now realise and am reminded that things happen for a reason. I now had more time at the station and met a beautiful family, my friend travelling with me spent time feeding the stray dogs determined to save them all .

I am now grateful for the delay as I was able to capture this image, which still remains a favourite. Lesson learnt, just go with it and don’t rush.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 + 75mm f1.8

by Ante Badzim

Lovers at Sigiriya, the Lion Rock.    Climbing Sigiriya in 40°C heat in the middle of the day was probably not the wisest decision, but once the 1202 steps were behind me it was all worthwhile. The sunset was magical and the energy unforgettable.  
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Lovers at Sigiriya, the Lion Rock.

Climbing Sigiriya in 40°C heat in the middle of the day was probably not the wisest decision, but once the 1202 steps were behind me it was all worthwhile. The sunset was magical and the energy unforgettable.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 + 12-40mm f/2.8

by Ante Badzim

Sun setting on stilt fisherman in Talpe that were more then happy to perform and pose for photos.     While taking photos one proudly showed off a fish just caught with an invitation to get up on the stilts, I rejected the offer as I was more keen on taking photos. My dear friend   Moe   took up the challenge and is still in pain to this day, not as easy as it looks.  
  Olympus OM-D E-M1 + 12-40mm f/2.8

Sun setting on stilt fisherman in Talpe that were more then happy to perform and pose for photos. 

While taking photos one proudly showed off a fish just caught with an invitation to get up on the stilts, I rejected the offer as I was more keen on taking photos. My dear friend Moe took up the challenge and is still in pain to this day, not as easy as it looks.

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by Ante Badzim

One of many photos from   Sri Lanka   that I will be sharing this week. This girl with the magical smile was captured during my train ride from Hatton to Ella.     She was shy at first and barely visible peering out the window, I simply waved and smiled and we shared many small moments and giggles. If I am able to somehow express how incredible the Sri Lankan people are it can be seen through this girl’s smile.  
  Olympus OM-D E-M1 + 75mm f/1.8

One of many photos from Sri Lanka that I will be sharing this week. This girl with the magical smile was captured during my train ride from Hatton to Ella. 

She was shy at first and barely visible peering out the window, I simply waved and smiled and we shared many small moments and giggles. If I am able to somehow express how incredible the Sri Lankan people are it can be seen through this girl’s smile.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 + 75mm f/1.8