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Like stalking, she crept in from behind and surprised me again and again as if she were the whole universe for a moment. She loved that day when I photographed her. She loved to be the centre of attention, to be seen and appreciated by me. And I was glad to give her this day.

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A walk through the narrow side streets of Negombo led me at the beginning of my journey into Alles Road and to Favin. "Coffee, do you want coffee?", I heard a soft voice from the next doorway asking. It wasn't a pushy, persuasive question. It was real. And so I got to know Citrine and her family. The day I photographed them, they wore their most beautiful clothes and saris. Later, shortly before my departure, I had her portraits developed on an original Agfa frontier in the village and took her to Alles Road by Tuk Tuk. I was enthusiastically welcomed. And seeing the joy they had with the pictures made me more than happy!



The reason why I was in Sri Lanka is a children's home in the interior of Sri Lanka, which I supported photographically. Before and after visiting the projects of lanka-help.org – this is the name of the Liechtenstein charity organisation – I had planned enough time to experience the Sri Lankan mentality.

However, the political situation during my stay was very tense. The new presidential elections were held, which is why many Tamils and Singhalese feared riots. Even the capital Colombo was closed to prevent unrest. A week later, for the first time in the history of Sri Lanka, a Pope visited the island. In order to welcome the Christian leader, a huge effort was made, although less than 10% of the population are Christian. In addition, for the first time after 30 years of civil war, the north of the island was accessible again, which enabled me to travel to the newly opened town of Jaffna. The inhabitants of the north were rarely visited by tourists or residents of the south, which made a trip to "new" Jaffna even more valuable.