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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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  • 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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  • Power of Letting Go

    Power of Letting Go


    This creation serves as a bold and potent reminder for us about the amazing power we are able to unleash from within by letting go of all worldly burdens which weigh us down on a regular basis.

    The creator skillfully shows us a realm beyond what would simply appear behind the camera lens through well-mastered composite photography techniques and shows us how the monk in a deep state of meditation is able to reach a higher state achieved through the practice of letting go. As the surroundings of this creation dissolve creating more space for higher awareness enjoy how your consciousness too will be heightened through deep contemplation.

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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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  • Solitary Vibes

    Solitary Vibes


    Creating an illusion of vibration, the photographer has captured an Indian dancer clad in all her glory. Adorned with traditional jewelry to complement her outfit, the dancer is captured in a mesmerizing pose.

    Surrounded by what appears to be a kaleidoscopic color palette, the dancer is captured in motion where the strength of the dance moves creates a swirl of color with her costume. Mesmerizing to look at, the photographer plays with gimmicky effects to portray the simplistic beauty of the movements of one solitary dancer.

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  • Beauty of Creation

    Beauty of Creation


    The natural world testifies the beauty of creation. A perfect blend of light and shade personifies this amazing close-up of two mushrooms perched together in perfect harmony and exquisite beauty. The detail that is displayed through this photograph is almost divine.

    The photographer has skillfully captured the intricate patterns that form each mushroom and decorate these wonderful specimens of nature in a flawless balance of low ISO against a black background.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Blueprint of a Fruit

    Blueprint of a Fruit


    This portrait focuses on the veins of a dry fruit signifying the blueprint of its creation. The web of life clearly protruding out from the fruit in clarity and complexity. The positioning of the fruit and the perfect distance between the camera and the focal point has combined to produce a photograph that captures the entirety of the subject.

    The photographer has cleverly chosen a white background against the brown fruit to highlight its dull color and skillfully created depth using an angled light over the subject.

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  • The Dream

    The Dream


    I see two mystical dark life-giving trees overshadowing a lush meadow that is inhabited by a cottage afar. This photograph is a picturesque representation of a scenic setting that may appear to be like that of a vision in a dream. The natural environment is mystic and yet so real.

    It is hard to believe that this scenic setting is a photograph of a real landscape which has been abstracted by expert use of aperture.

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  • Blurry Vision

    Blurry Vision


    At the onset of dusk, the creator has captured a breathtaking mountain skyline tingling with pastel shades of blue and pink, to brighten up the somber mood of this photograph.

    In the foreground is a majestic tree captured in all its glory, but emanating a mesmerizing character due to the angle captured by the creator. Almost tangible vibrations of the tree give it a two-dimensional look and feel where even the branches depict that same artistic vibration. Here is a classic take on a scenic sight that beholds the natural splendor of Mother Earth.

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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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  • 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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  • Vision of Love

    Vision of Love


    Expressing his undying love in the most traditional way, a lover steeps down to lift his partner up, whilst holding a red flower in hand. Interspersing the colors of love so subtly in this unique take on romance, the photographer captures two forlorn lovers caught in a moment of passion.

    Using a series of creative shutter movements, the photographer transforms this moment into a blurry mess. Through which even the colors of the lovers’ clothes blend together, to thus personify and memorialize a unique moment.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Pattern of Life

    The Pattern of Life


    Life is filled with bright times and dark times that often crisscross each other. This photograph of a building under renovation in Sri Lanka perfectly portrays the pattern of life, as a man who is clearly burdened by its reality looks-on. The black signifying misfortunes while the red signifying hope. Ironically, the man is clad in a red shirt to prophecy that while he too makes up life’s pattern, his misfortune does not deter his hope.

    The creativity of the photographer to identify this candid caption in the spur of the moment and adjust to the perfect angle to convey the size of life in comparison to man is truly amazing.

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