Transient moments


I watched them walk down the road for a long time.  Or at least it seemed like a long time.

Mother and daughter Akashi at Hikkaduwa. Photograph© Chulie de Silva

Mother and daughter Akashi at Hikkaduwa. Photograph© Chulie de Silva

The mother and the child the mother held, standing, embracing one another across the road.  I got closer to ask her name — Akashi like the sky.

It was but a brief conversation. “She wants a yoghurt,” said the mother. I would go on and they would go on.  But the image lingers like many others of mothers and babes and they will not be forgotten.

28 year old mum Sewdini with Kuveneshi. Photograph©Chulie de Silva

28 year old mum Sewdini with Kuveneshi, Jeyapuram South, North Sri Lanka. Photograph©Chulie de Silva

These moments of pure joy we capture, in places I might never travel again.

Kuvaneshi steals a kiss from Vijay Kumar. Photograph©Chulie de Silva

Kuvaneshi steals a kiss from Vijay Kumar at a meeting to resettle IDPs in Jeyapuram South, North Sri Lanka. Photograph©Chulie de Silva

Transient, ephemeral, these images flash across my thoughts, like the swift flight of a blue kingfisher in the garden at Hikkaduwa.

A blue kingfisher among the pandaus bushes. World Photography Day at Hikkaduwa 19 August 2013. Photograph© Chulie de Silva

A blue kingfisher among the pandaus bushes. World Photography Day at Hikkaduwa 19 August 2013. Photograph© Chulie de Silva

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2 thoughts on “Transient moments

  1. It is rewarding to stop long enough to show interest in your fellow man and to appreciate the gorgeous birds. The photos to remind one are lovely.

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