A rich color palette pervades this scene.
A nice representation of a small portion of the human labor – a dozen people here – that went into the preparation and production of a commodity like tea.
A beautiful studio portrait featuring the "thammattama," drums used in Buddhist rituals in Sri Lanka. They may be derived from a frame drum used in Tamil Nadu, and their sound is said to have irritated British colonists.
"People like me who came to England in the 1950s have been there for centuries," writes the Jamaican cultural theorist Stuart Hall, "symbolically we have been there for centuries. I was coming home.
A wonderfully posed studio shot by Plate & Co., the well-known Colombo postcard publisher and portrait artist.
A refreshing portrait of a woman looking straight back at the viewer, not contained by the frame. Most probably from a portrait by Charles Scowen in the 1870s, who photographed the same woman in slightly different poses.