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Henry Rajakaruna

Henry Rajakaruna
Award Winning, Veteran Photographer

Henry Rajakaruna believes that “photography is a form of art,” and represents the world through the lens of his camera. Living amongst the rivers, flowers and butterflies of the village, he always had an eye for bright and vibrant colors that he later incorporates into his photography. He has developed a close kinship with the natural world, and visualizes it beautifully and expressively. Despite his visual imagery remained only as a by-product of his imagination, he turned towards photography later on.

The inner world of dreams and his memories of reading novels and short stories as a child is made to contend with patterns and textures in his surroundings. These graphically striking images, allows the beauty of nature to unveil itself.

Henry’s photographs are characterized with contemporary and abstract concepts. These abstract concepts are enhanced by his skill at rendering and experimenting with his sharp eye for manipulating proportion and scale, and his great interest in abstracting the elements of motion, speed and rhythm.

His work transforms the art of standard photography into a uniquely expressive form, while his utopic imagination rejuvenates the eye of the viewer with fresh color.

Henry Rajakaruna uses the knowledge of his photography courses, experience and critical feedback to strive for self- improvement. His spiritual relationship with his camera does not rely on specific subject matter for inspiration. Instead, it obtains inspiration from a vast range of subjects. His meticulousness adds divinity and contact the spiritual power and timelessness in the elements of motion and rhythm.

The swift movement and intricate details, leave an impression of the abstract photographer within Henry. As much as his works are truly abstract they are also meticulous, thus making his pieces expressive and emotional.

His captures were also recognized and awarded at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Youth Forum photography contest, United Nations (UN) World Food Day photography contest and many international and local competitions.

His inner impulses for spontaneity are truly rooted in simple compositions, while some images intend to produce a contemplative and a meditational response in the viewer.

His work explores detail that describe the essential harmony within nature and rhythm. Instead of looking at a tree in its still form, he sees the evolution of its growth and how it would appear subjected to a soft breeze. It’s this precision and love for growth, rhythm and motion that makes this work unique.

As an independent photographer, he uses his camera to plot quick stories and capture moments with great intricacy. He dissects the actual form of objects into a multitude of small facets that reflects a love for nature through his vibrant and artistically revolutionary photography!

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  • Mother and Daughter

    Mother and Daughter


    Two generations stand side by side anchored securely to a coarse foundation. As a mother and a daughter, these two mushrooms have blossomed together on a single piece of coarse wood. The irony of both of them almost appears to be posing for the camera is well captured.

    The photographer has utilized a black background to good effect to highlight the yellow hue of the mushrooms. Light and shade have been balanced in exquisite skill to bring forth an artistic and yet mysterious look to this natural portrait.

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  • Vandalism of Life

    Vandalism of Life


    Life may appear fresh and beautiful, but the vandals of misfortune may steal, kill and destroy the very essence of life. This high detailed creation is a close-up of a leaf that is green in freshness and youthful but spoilt by mischievous insects that have freely vandalized its beauty. The black background exaggerates the focus on the stricken leaf and exuberates the greenery of the foliage.

    The creator has used much creativity in angle, background choice and lighting to bring forth a thought provoking and detail rich caption of nature which also represents the beauty which can even be found in the darkest of times in life.

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  • Angel of Dance

    Angel of Dance


    Swift and graceful in motion, this dancer captures the eye with a mischievous smile amidst a mist of elegance created by the exuberant wave of her dress. The blend of orange, yellow, violet and lavender created through a low shutter speed captures her dance motion with celestial effect.

    The creator has painted a beautiful art of color, motion and emotion in a single caption mixing camera effects and hues to perfection.

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  • Old Limbs

    Old Limbs


    Knees that stand together will always bow in prayer together. Several pairs of worn-out old limbs are represented by an unlikely setting of an old tree trunk. This curious picture portraying the natures old age is captured as an interpretation of long-lasting unity amongst the elderly in society.

    The photographer has taken this picture in monochrome to successfully covey the age of its subject and contribute to its theme and message. The focus and ISO settings have been smartly adjusted to display the features of the old trunk even in suppressed lighting.

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  • Lord Over the Seas

    Lord Over the Seas


    The sky reveals the Lord over the oceans below. An abstract art in the form of a photograph depicting worship from the creatures of the sea towards the heavens above. The clouds take the form of a fish dancing in the air as its congregation revels in awe at the sight.

    The photographer creatively tells a story in picture form combining aspects of the animal kingdom and nature against the blue hue of sky and water.

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  • The Dance at Dusk

    The Dance at Dusk


    Achievement is established not by the number of times we dance in daylight, but rather the number of times we celebrate at dusk. A dancer expresses celebration in a whirlwind of motion against a dusky hue. As she struts from right to left of the frame the creator captures her movements at slow shutter speed to exaggerate her trail.

    The dance at dusk is a beautiful portrayal of art through this creation as it perfectly blends the clarity of a subject at the end of her move with the abstract of the move itself in her wake.

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  • Extraterrestrial Experien..

    Extraterrestrial Experien..


    An unidentified flying object is hanging in outer space. So, it seems as we gaze at this exquisite close-up of a layered mushroom. The unusual angle from which this organism is photographed and its detail against a pitch-black background is its standout feature.

    This veteran creator has used much skill in improvising an angle and filtering light, that contributes to this simple creation of nature resembling a UFO in space.

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  • Painted in Black and Whit..

    Painted in Black and Whit..


    The hurried steps of the nuns, almost blurring the image, leaving the spectator to create their own story, the hues of gray, create a feeling of solitude and desperateness. They may be rushing to take cover from a storm anticipated on the horizon or to say a final prayer for someone, an answer will never know.

    This image is one which is thought provoking, bringing about a sentiment of ambiguity. Their faith seems to be the only beacon of color and light in a world of black and white. This work of art captured by the creator will indeed be a thought-provoking piece for your living space.

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  • Platonic Love

    Platonic Love


    Love comes in all forms and transcends all boundaries and the purity platonic love is captured in this beautiful creation showing three young friends warmly cradle each other in their arms. The creator is able to covey all the amazing characteristics of such a pure kind of love in the form of joy – expressed through the beautiful smiling faces, safety – the warm embrace that holds the others together, and peace – the peaceful nature of the sleeping puppy cradled in the young girl’s arms.

    This is a perfect creation to make part of your home to spread the power of love to your surroundings.

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  • Standing Tall

    Standing Tall


    Sometimes the situation favors those who are not afraid to stand tall against adversity. This is exactly what the photographer is conveying through this natural representation of being open, seen and heard. The image is that of a mushroom that stands out from its base to be clearly seen and noticed. Almost like an ear cone to not only be seen and heard but also to see and hear.

    The photographer has caught all the intricate details of the mushroom by exquisitely adding filtered light onto the focal against a blacked-out background.

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  • Light and Darkness

    Light and Darkness


    In any season there is always a mixture of good and bad, light and darkness. This photograph presents us the ingredients of life in the form of branches holding small leaves arranged in a circle. The amazing lighting effect brought about through the background results in lighting some leaves while leaving others in darkness. This effect and the curious arrangement of the branches themselves combine to create a thought-provoking image.

    The photographer has skillfully used heavy backlight to his advantage, but balanced it well by reducing the ISO levels to bring forth the desired outcome of the caption.

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  • Catch the Wind

    Catch the Wind


    Feel the breath, sense the movement and catch the wind. The knowing that there are dances moving across space almost as a mist or vapor is met with the attempt to lay hold of them. This unorthodox photograph is taken with such low shutter speed that the subjects are portrayed as a foggy wind with the only clearly visible features being their hands.

    The photographer somehow blends clarity with the abstract by clever use of shutter speed and ISO settings to bring forth reality and myth.

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  • Friendship



    The saying goes, that the best ship in the sea of life is friendship. This is exactly what is portrayed in this candid capture of two friends walking along the breaking waves on a beach, which is beautifully abstracted to give the effect of a silhouette background of a light blue ocean.

    The photographer has amazingly adjusted the shutter speed to bring forth the blurry effect of the background waters without sacrificing on the detail of the two subjects walking along the coast.

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  • Glimpse of a Sunrise

    Glimpse of a Sunrise


    A lush mountain covered in greenery, is featured on this breathtaking capture of the first glimpse of a sunrise. At first glance the photographer appears to have captured the dull silhouette of a mountain, lacking color & character. Upon close look, the eye meets a thin line of brightly lit greenery, where the rays of sunlight begin to fall on the peaking trees.

    Here is a signature trademark of the beauty of the hill country of Sri Lanka. Cool breezed winds caress the pine trees, at the root of which grow bushes of Tea signifying the warmth and character of Sri Lankan hospitality.

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  • Guiding Hands

    Guiding Hands


    Featured in this creation is a young Buddhist monk who engages in quiet meditation on the words of the Dhamma. Such a powerful doctrine that has gained many followers over the years have been a result of various teachings handed down over thousands of years, from higher beings who have reached enlightenment.

    This image is powerful as it depicts how the young monk contemplates on the sacred teachings with the hope of reaching this higher state and also the power bestowed by each of the mighty teachers that continue to guide other followers on the right path to enlightenment.

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  • Infinity



    A pattern carved out in an orange spread out from the present and into infinity. This caption portrays the endless pattern of infinity using a line of statues of Buddhist monks. Their orange robes paint a beautiful picture of a pattern that is almost never-ending due to the creative angle used by the photographer.

    A wider focus is used with high aperture to clearly capture the background of a line of steps leading upward that compliments the intended theme that the photographer has skillfully painted of a still image.

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  • Generations



    Eternity builds upon the momentum of many generations. Lined-up chronologically are sprouting mushrooms representing the backbone of life and eternity – the family. The smallest and yet the most significant of all societal entities is captured in this creation which speaks many words.

    The creator has beautifully blended the image into a black background to highlight the mushroom family that is captured skillfully in natural light and colors.

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  • Intersection between Mind..

    Intersection between Mind..


    This masterful creation teaches us the strength, dedication and faith one must have to achieve enlightenment. Here, sits a man fully encapsulated in his meditation, seated in a lotus position, with nothing but a copper tumbler to revive him from a journey to the depths of the astral world.

    The bare minimalism has been captured by this creator which shows us that in order to achieve this state of mind, worldly possessions are not required. Simply, a connection with nature and a clear mind with a focus on the mantra that would help to guide you through this journey.

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  • Light unto My Path

    Light unto My Path


    Although darkness may cloud our sight, hope breaks through the shade to light-up our path. This monochrome creation perfectly captures the celestial beauty of a lady walking through a dark forest while the hidden light bursts through the thick foliage bringing forth a thought provoking and stunning scenery.

    The timing and perfect light balance of this photograph speaks of the amazing skill and creativity of the photographer who has created a natural silhouette of woman and nature.

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  • Provoked by Dance

    Provoked by Dance


    A mystical caption of a dancer who provokes the viewer through the only visible features of her figure blended in a mist of multicolor array that is the result of the motion of her moves. The misty color that most likely is created by her costume represents the vibrancy of her creative expression in motion.

    This color photograph has been created using ultra slow shutter speed and yet curiously capturing the clear detail of the dancer’s legs against a black backdrop that highlights the array of color.

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