sustainers in sri lanka

the east coast of sri lanka is a wonderful place – now that the fighting has stopped for the moment. i spent way too little time there. the co-workers in our post-tsunami project have become friends over the time, and their hospitality ist still overwhelming. due to the workload it was only in the early morning that i could sneak out for an hour trying to take some pictures.

these wooden sustainers on a construction site carry the formwork for a concrete ceiling. the look so fragile compared with the woodwork they use for this purpose here in europe, but wood is an expensive commodity over here (no commercial woods) and, in the end, the mere number make them strong


  1. That’s a good B&W adaptation – the strong, rigorous lines and the fading into the background really work form me. I also enjoyed your background story, it puts things very much in perspective.

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