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2013 was my first Christmas spent away from home and my family in the sunnier climes of Sri Lanka, which was a surreal but wonderful experience. Despite our best efforts (the Nat King Cole Christmas album on repeat and some slightly haphazard decorating) it was hard to make it feel like Christmas when it was 30 degrees and we were surrounded by palms. Though I think, as a fan of all things kitsch and colourful, the Sri Lankan Christmas aesthetic may appeal to me more anyway. And I’d take curry over a traditional Christmas dinner any day. Here are some Christmas snapshots from our trip:

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I came across the work of Sri Lankan painter Sanjeewa Kumara in the Paradise Road Gallery in Colombo. Since first admiring them, they seemed to crop up everywhere whilst we travelled around the island. I love his use of colour and slightly naive style. The imagery is a fascinating collection of spiritual objects and evocative shapes, a mixture of heritage and fiction.


http://sanjeewakumaraandsujeewakumari.blogspot.com/
http://www.saskiafernandogallery.com/artists/
http://www.paradiseroad.lk/

Upon returning from a long and incredible trip in Sri Lanka, these are a tiny corner of all of the photos I took, but perhaps some of my favourites. They were taken at a Hindu temple in Matale, which we stumbled upon unintentionally. The colour and intricacies of the building were beautiful and unexpected, and a far cry from a lot of the tourist-lures we had already visited.