I am a Documentary Photographer and a Civil Engineer in Water Management based in Sydney. While I grew up in Sri Lanka, I spent 9 years in California, a year teaching English in South Korea, a year backpacking across Europe and Asia, before migrating to Australia in 1998. I have always loved writing but discovered my passion for photography while volunteering as a Conservation Photographer in South Africa during a sabbatical in 2010. That 10-month journey culminated in a voyage to Antarctica.
I love discovering places that are off the beaten track. I draw my inspiration from the natural world and the sense of freedom and adventure I find in the people I meet while travelling. I have pursued my dreams with courage and love inspiring others to do likewise. I have now travelled through 60 countries on all 7 Continents. My travels and the people I have met along the way have helped shape the person I have become.
I returned home from my sabbatical in 2010, keen to pursue my newly discovered creativity. I launched my first photographic exhibition soon after, followed a few years later with the launch of my photo book—'Fate or Destiny, Living Life with Passion'. In 2013 my partner Steven Liaros and I set up a Town Planning and Engineering consultancy. Two years later we moved into our motorhome and traveled around Australia for 5-years. I have the ability to work remotely or base myself in your town if the work warrants it. I recently completed an Artist Residency in Lake Tyers, Victoria, documenting the stories of people transitioning to a New Economy.
I am a member of the Australian Photographic Society (APS) and recently obtained my Licentiate with them (LAPS). I am also a member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA). I have received numerous photographic awards at national and international photographic competitions and now working towards international honours.
People have always lived by stories. These narratives have defined our morality, belief systems and behaviour. My goal at Narratives4Change is to document, photograph and craft stories of a more resilient and regenerative future. People are already living their vision of the future. I want to hear what your vision of the future is and tell your story. Our individual stories of struggle and change point to emerging social narratives of renewal, inclusivity and harmony with the natural world. By sharing these stories I hope to build momentum to enable a shift in how we collectively see the world.
You will find my writing in our publication Ecoliving Journeys on Medium. I can document your events, ideas and campaign as a blog post, a series of images or an impactful web page. My clients have ranged from local and state government to community groups and non-profit organisations.
Be in touch if this excites and resonates with you. A detailed resume is available on request.
Selection of Recent International and National Photographic Awards
Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year - 2 Silver Medals (2021)
Heritage Bank - Finalist in Illustrative Category (2021)
Zing of Click- Circuit Silver Medal & Certificate of Merit (2021)
Vigex International Digital Salon - Merit Certificate (2021)
Top 40 Finish, 2 Highly Commended & 3 Commended Images in Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers, Capture Magazine (2021)
Commended Australian Photographer of the Year, Australian Photography Magazine (2020)
5 Honourable Mentions - Digitalna Foto Arhiva Circuit, Serbia - (2021)
2 Jury Choice Awards + 7 awards - Micro Circuit, Cyprus (2021)
GIP Medal & FIAP Honourable Mention - German International (2021)
AAP HM - Rhino Cup, Kenya (2021)
Diploma SM, Santa Maria, Guatemala (2021)
Salon HM - Monte International Tivat, Montenegro (2021)
Bronze Medal APS & Merit EPC- Edwardstown National (2020)
Bronze Medal APS & 2 Merit Ribbons - Lake Macquarie National (2019)
Category Winner (Shape & Form), Highly Commended for Overall Award & People’s Choice - Biophillia Awards (2020)
Merit International - Lake Macquarie International, Wangi (2020)
Merit APS - Australian Photography Society National Digital (2020)
Merit Certificate - Warragul National (2019)
Highly Commended - Sutherland ShireNational Exhibition of Photography (2019)
Exhibitions, Books & Artist in Residence
2020: Artist in Residence on FLOAT, Lake Tyers. Photo stories about floating a new economy in East Gippsland
2017: Documenta Art Festival in Athens. Guest lectures and discussions on new paradigms for human settlement
2016: Assembly for Alternative Futures, 20th Biennale of Sydney, exploring new futures with professionals from many disciplines
2015: Pink Sari Project, a collaborative exhibition with NSW Multicultural Health
2015: Faces, Places, Races: Migrant Stories from the Hornsby Shire. Associated solo exhibition for HeadOn with Hornsby Shire
2015: Face, Places, Races features at Festival of the Arts (FOTA) in Hornsby
2014: Fate or Destiny: Living Live with Passion. Solo exhibitions at numerous locations including pop ups in Sydney
2014: Fate or Destiny Book Published
2011: Connections: Stories from the road less travelled. First solo exhibition.
Photographic Honours & Professional Qualifications
2021: Fellowship Australian Photography Society (FAPS)
2021: Qualified Photographic Society of America (QPSA)
2009: Adv. Diploma in Project Management, Project Management Partners
2008: Grad. Dip. in Local Govt. Management, UTS Sydney
1989: Master of Science in Civil Eng. (Water), UC Berkeley
1986: Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons), University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka