[ Manama, BAHRAIN ] Every year, thousands of Shia Muslims from around Bahrain attend commemoration ceremonies in Manama marking the birth of their faith. The pilgrimage in 2020 was expected to be one of the largest religious gatherings following the outbreak of the virus. In the first 10 days of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic New Year, Shias mark Ashura, a time of spiritual and historical mourning, commemorating the death of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Hussein at the battle of Karbala in 680. Meanwhile in Bahrain, Shia worshippers had called for all ceremonies to be broadcast live and for the faithful to pray at home or to wear masks and keep in distance if praying in public (mattam) restricted by Government.

I am a photographer and I take pictures of people who make the scene. Born in Karunkodithivu (Akkraipattu), Sri Lanka. My journey of photography began in Dubai. I live in Bahrain now. My goal is to show the daily life of the people within their environment with a touch of beauty and enthusiasm. A well captured image represents a moment in time that is expressed immensely, and that explains why I hang a camera around my shoulders wherever I go.