Doctor in the wilds

Lalith Ekanayake will be launching The Untamed Road, a visual miscellany of the Sri Lankan wilderness on November 11, at 4 p.m. at the Harold Peiris Gallery of the Lionel Wendt. This will be followed by an exhibition of his photographs from November 12 – 14 at the same venue.

Ekanayake, a medical doctor, heads the Naval Medical Services and holds the rank of Rear Admiral. His passion for photography has spanned over 30 years, having first felt its lure while a student at the Medical College. He took to serious wild life photography 10 years ago.

The collection gives one a narrative of the Sri Lankan wild, its beauty, its romance, its fear, its hunt, its everyday. The rendering, is beautiful. "Wildlife photography needs luck. Some days we see no animals at all, but some days you could see all animals in half a day. However, being photographers, we look for opportunities and wait for hours in one place at times. Sometimes within seconds you can take the photo of a lifetime. I try to give an "uncommon" angle to even a common scene. Sometimes your hand precedes the eye in wildlife photography."

The photographer in his search for subjects has travelled the length and breadth of the island. His more frequents haunts are in the dry zone. The coffee table book has residents from Yala, Bundala, Wilpattu, Talaimannar, Mannar, Kalawewa, Minneriya and Sinharaja within its 140 pages.

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