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SRI LANKA

Book One in the High Street Low Street Series.

810 PAGES / Black ink on white paper / Full bleed images / A video preview of the book can be found here.

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TWO REVIEWS:

“I was lucky at the casino that night; I met Dayv Mattt. He told me he was photographing in Colombo and sent me some of his pictures. I was impressed because they made me happy. He had somehow managed to capture the raucous joie de vivre of even the poorest of the city’s inhabitants. Perhaps because he was seeing Colombo as an observant foreigner and not on some high-paid photo shoot promoting the city for tourists, Dayv saw scenes down backstreets and every day situations that locals don’t think curious, and brochure photographers would spurn. Yet visitors would find them intriguing, as well as – in many cases – sheer fun. Although these photos have a dark side, light and brightness and a modest exuberance of a confident citizenry shine through. These remarkable photographs reveal another side of Colombo, of its denizens coping with life beyond the restored heritage buildings, high-rise hotels and, yes, the casinos. Here is a fascinating memento of a Colombo that is disappearing as progress brings a better life.” – Royston Ellis

“In this book Dayv captures some of the most interesting parts of Colombo. Class divides Colombo, like any city, with most Colombars in the south not knowing or understanding what’s to the north of the Fort area. Dayv, in his trishaw and foot journeys, has been entirely oblivious to these psychic divides so what you get is a picture of Colombo as it is rather than what it’s supposed to be. It’s a fascinating look at the ordinary and generally ignored, at least among people with fancy cameras. What you get are the streets and the people of Colombo, the garbage, the muck, the beauty, and above all the colors andcharacter of our lovely and rapidly changing city. One of my favorite pics is of the wash basin in the Young Men’s Buddhist Association, which is near the Port. The juxtaposition of a nice view with a very functional sink is something I found interesting, and it’s also someplace I’ve been before. I remember being struck by that view and feeling a sense of discovery, a sense that I was somewhere quite ordinary for the people that worked there but quite strange for me and my suburban fellows from the south. I hope you get a bit of that thrill of exploration from this book.” – Indi Samarajiva

A children’s book drawn from my street photography that contains essential words to learn, phrases to know, and questions to answer.  A great book for babies and toddlers at bed time.

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A novella 41 years in the making. Part prescription, part biography. A coming of age worldview influenced by narcotics, liquor, abstinence, sex, expatitude, dnb, techno, and the finest beta white male brosplaining you’ve ever encountered.

The paperback contains photos. The kindle version does not.

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SUPREME LEADER in 한글, the language of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Order on Amazon. 

JUCHE SOUND. The roguest of record labels. Order on Amazon.

This book is not a history of the Toronto Jungle scene. It is a snapshot of what the scene was like in the late 1990’s. During this period – 1998 to 2000 – Toronto’s Jungle scene was well established. There was, in my opinion, a pretty strong community of fans, DJ’s, MC’s, and promoters. Top acts arrived in the city every other week, and at least until Man Of Steel dropped, performances were rarely dull.

This book of photography provides those who were there glimpses back to a time in their youth I am sure they have fond memories of (you may even appear in a photo!). For those of you who weren’t around, this book will give you an idea about what it was like for those of us who spent our Friday and Saturday nights broking out, lightering, and demanding rewinds.

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HIGH STREET LOW STREET started out as a project to raise money for a new camera by independently publishing a large format print edition of my Seoul street photography.

The photos that made it into the physical edition represent what I, in 2012, thought were my best photographs. However, I’ve noticed that my opinion of my photography has changed and I felt like it was time that I update my book and try to offer a more complete glimpse of my Seoul street photography.

From everyday occurrences to Cosplay and protests, HIGH STREET LOW STREET represents hours of walking, experiencing, and capturing the daily routine, atmosphere, and excitement of Seoul. From the bustling streets of Myeong-dong, Sinsa-dong, Apkujeong-dong, and Gangnam station, to neighborhoods off the beaten track, HIGH STREET LOW STREET exposes Seoul and brings you closer to one of the world’s coolest cities. From Gangnam-gu to Nowon-gu, Dongdaemun-gu to Eunpyeong-gu, Jongno-gu to Yongsan-gu, HIGH STREET LOW STREET does what most brochures and books do not; gives you real and amazing pictures of a city well worth visiting.

This was Seoul from 2008 until 2012.

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There are plenty of books, blogs, and guides out there that provide details on what a visitor “should” see when they arrive in Colombo. This book does not include those places. Instead, this book explores the small streets and neighborhoods, including a few that have since been “redeveloped”, and provides the viewer with images of what Colombo is like for the average resident.

The photography included in this book has been chastised on social media for making Colombo look “poor” and not providing enough pictures of the “fancy” and “better” places in the city. What’s peculiar is that the people criticizing this photography don’t live in Colombo. They’ve almost always been the children of Sri Lankan parents who fled the war for more stable environments overseas. In fact, Sri Lankan friends in Colombo – of varied social standing – appreciate this photography and the people I encountered while out photographing were friendly, helpful, and welcoming. They were not embarrassed about where they lived and I had no problems photographing anyone or anything.

It is very difficult to describe the sense of community one feels walking or passing through many of Colombo’s neighborhoods and with Colombo changing so dramatically, it is hoped that this sense of community remains, as it is truly marvelous.

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THE BREAKS, THE BASS, THE AMBIENT: The following tunes are tracks that I composed more than two decades ago. My expectations that you may also like them are realistic.

THE BREAKS

THE BASS

THE AMBIENT