By K.G.H. Munidasa
is not a field one would associate with the physically handicapped.
For an individual who has only one hand to work with, operating
an SLR camera and taking quality pictures is a feat. Rolinson Cooray,
44, from Watappitiya off Eheliyagoda, handles his camera with only
his left arm.
up serious photography after completing a six-month course in Video
Technology and Programme Production conducted by the National Youth
Services Centre, Maharagama, in 1991. One night in November 1994,
while returning home on his motorcycle after a photo assignment,
Rolinson collided with another vehicle. Hospitalized for several
months, he recovered from his injuries, but his right arm was paralyzed
from shoulder down.
it was the end of Rolinson's career, but his disability notwithstanding,
Rolinson took up his camera and with perseverance learned not only
to focus and press the shutter release button while cradling the
camera in his left hand but also to use the same hand to load, wind,
rewind and remove the film roll. He cranked the shutter lever of
the camera with his teeth.
turned his Watappitiya home into a mini studio and keeps abreast
of other professional photographers in the area, covering weddings,
funerals, athletic meets, prize givings and social occasions.
He is married
and is the father of two sons, aged 12 and 4. Hopefully, some philanthropist
or organization will come forward to donate an artificial limb to
this talented camera artiste.