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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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  • Graceful Solitude

    Graceful Solitude


    In this unique take on a solitary dancer walking along what appears to be a desert land, the photographer has captured the simplicity and the ethnic elegance of a serene moment in time.

    Surrounded by a lush green background that emanates soothing hues, the dancer clad in pure white is captured in a striking pose by the photographer. This aesthetically pleasing visual is both calming on the eyes and soothes the soul, and thus sets the tone for its tranquility to be absorbed into the very eyes that behold it.

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  • Dancing Vibes

    Dancing Vibes


    In an attempt to illustrate the vibrancy of nightlife, the photographer captures a vivacious discotheque showcasing the young-at-heart dancing the night away. Unidentifiable bodies link together in perfect harmony, creating a mass of human emotions resembled by the vibrant gimmicks of the photographer.

    Enveloped by bright and illuminated lighting that emanate hues of UV rays, it is a capture intermingled with flashes of bright pink shadows. In this abstract portrayal of nightlife, the photographer depicts how music can unite the hearts, minds, and souls of humans alike, the world over.

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  • Simplicity



    A restful spirit celebrates the simplicity of life. This thought provoking and wise creation is that of a mixture of light hues against a white background featuring random items of nature. Standing out in the picture is a bunch of orange flowers that is surrounded with modesty.

    The creator has produced a painting that speaks more words than it has features, yet its beauty is found in the creativity of using light hues and minimum objects in an abstract manner that teases the mind.

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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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • Beauty Comes in Fives

    Beauty Comes in Fives


    Five colors, five figures and five wonders represented by five dancers on unicycles. If beauty comes in fives, this picture captures it perfectly, not only through the subjects themselves, but also through the diversity of color which has been given depth by smudging the motion using a low shutter speed.

    The black background and the blue base have been used to good effect by the creator to highlight the bright colors that spread out like neon streaks across the frame.

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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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  • 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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  • Unity



    The human spirit cries out for the expression and manifestation of unity in diversity. Every person is unique, but within there lies a common ambition for unity. This photograph captures this theme perfectly, as multitudes of dancers, diverse in personality, expression and form, but united in their focus towards the heavens above are framed into a blue sea of passion and motion.

    The creator has taken this picture from an unusual yet defying angle to successfully capture the essence of the message he wishes to convey through it.

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  • Saffron Fumes

    Saffron Fumes


    Clouds of mystery engulf this creation, giving it an almost realistic allure as the creator focusses on a Buddhist monk perform a ritualistic ceremony to invoke blessings. The incense lighting causes fumes to rise and it seems the smoke is getting colored by the dark orange color of the monk’s robes and the flowers offered, as it too is colored in pale yellow giving the entire creation a uniform golden glow.

    As you make this creation part of your home or office, envision how the saffron fumes will begin to spread to your surroundings as though the same blessings invoked through the ceremony are shared among your living space as well.

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  • Autumn Leaves

    Autumn Leaves


    Colorful and animated, this captivating abstract creation brings to life the beauty of brightly colored autumn leaves falling to the ground, symbolizing the arrival of the season of fresh starts and new beginnings. Deviating from the conventional practices of photography which capture still moments in time, this creation captures the attention of the viewer due to the ability to mimic the movement of leaves falling softly on the ground.

    Set in a still black surrounding this creation will most certainly stand out from any surrounding, immediately inviting the onlooker to be caught up with its animated beauty.

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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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  • Colors Ablaze

    Colors Ablaze


    In this striking capture of a group of dancers caught in a mesmerizing pose, the photographer displays his love for the color blue. Interspersing shades of pink, white & yellow; here is a capture that personifies and celebrates the vibrancy of life.

    Upon close look, you see a beautiful dancer in a classical oriental dance pose, while her troupe of dancers parades around. The dancers clad in their signature costumes, appear to be bouncing off the thin air while flames of vibrant colors seem to encapsulate them, transforming this into a unique abstract photo.

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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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  • Graceful Embodiment

    Graceful Embodiment


    A classic take on a ballerina clad in her traditional clothing is envisaged by the photographer who captures a graceful moment where the dancer is caught in one of the most physically challenging movements of dance.

    Though captured with absolute grace, serenity, and balance, it is a reminder that rigorous training, skill, and technique is required to master the execution of this posture. Set in a vivacious blue background, the soothing white ballerina is a depiction of grace and precision.

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  • Family Comes First

    Family Comes First


    We may not have it altogether, but together we have it all. This is the value of a family that is represented in this photograph through four mushrooms of varied sizes lined up in height order. Father, mother and two children, firmly rooted to the dark brown soil, captured against a black background.

    The photographer has amazingly taken this caption from ground level to clearly illustrate the size differences between each mushroom and perfectly injected illumination through smart lighting strategies.

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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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  • 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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