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Saturday, 27 September 2008

Svaneti, Georgia

Just one image to post tonight. This reflects that I returned home late, tired, and had no new digital camera work ready - just more raw 35mm film scans, for example from the April 2005 Svaneti trip. Each takes such a long time to scan and then clean up compared to digital...! I knew that this day would arrive, when I dread the cleanup of scans as compared to the ease of digital original work. Here it is, upon me - though I'll keep on scanning the film for its personal historical and, I hope, artistic value.

Friday, 26 September 2008

Hard at Work

THIS is what I can do with the new digital camera. If I set up my laptop right, I can have the story out on the blog in minutes instead of the next day, from practically anywhere, by mobile internet. Stills or video. Your Roving Reporter is gearing up in the new Georgia.

Visited an Armenian friend of mine yesterday, a jeweller - someone was having a ring resized. Ashot works from home, in the concrete jungle at the edge of Tbilisi not far from the new American Embassy. He cut two rings with a small saw, and added a section from one to the other. Nice, neat work, which I'd never seen done before. Then he refused money for his work - always a risk here when one goes to a friend for business! But I can play that game too, with a gift of a photograph, say.

The last shot is the view from where he works - not pretty, but at least there are hills for hiking a few minutes' walk away, with views of the old capital, Mtskheta.

And welcome to the first visitor from Barbados! Your country is Number 90 on the list - counting up to 100...

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Time for a Change

New blog title bar today, based on the recent panorama I posted. This reflects that I'm soon to move back home to Ushguli, subject of this photo, for a second winter of English teaching. It also incorporates my original Geosynchronicity logo.

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Becho/Ushba, Svaneti, Georgia

Three more from the April 2005 visit to Svaneti with Peter Nasmyth and Nodar Aprasidze.

The road near Becho; magnificent Mt Ushba above Becho; and a closeup of the south peak

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Best View in the Caucasus...?

(Welcome to the newest countries to stop by the blog: Cayman Islands and El Salvador!)

Only one picture for now, but it's a recent favourite, a scanned film 2-frame panorama from early this year. Ushguli, of course, the top part - Zhibiani, with Mt. Shkhara, highest in Georgia at just over 5000 m, lit by sunset. It's actually about 7 km from the village; its great height and the air's clarity make it seem a short walk away.
The mountain to the right is Lamaria, 1 km or so above the village, and at its base is Lamaria Church and tower.
The left-most complete house is the Ratianis', where I wintered from November 23, 2007 to February 23, 2008; its lone window at left is from my bedroom.

Monday, 22 September 2008

Georgia: People and Places


Me with Lasha and Levan, intrepid Rustavi 2 TV guys from the Ushguli March 2008 week!

Dave doing his Minnie Mouse imitation (well, it was done to him, more like it) while getting a Tbilisi kiosk haircut!

Tbilisi riverfront at dusk, a few hours ago! Gotta luv digital photography!

People of Georgia

Peter Nasmyth, Nodar Aprasidze, another friend and I went to Etseri and Mestia, Svaneti, in April 2005, the first of 3 trips I'd make to the province that year. Crazy melting snow floods, some great photos, good times. Later, I feared that with all my comings and goings around the world that year, all of the 35mm film from those 3 journeys was somehow lost. It didn't turn up until nearly 2 years later, and now I'm scanning it for the useable stuff. Here's a self-portrait reflected in Peter's sunglasses, with the mountains near Etseri in the background. Remember this, Peter?

Sunday, 21 September 2008

People of Georgia

Might as well call this set "Person of Georgia", because there's 1 man in 4 of the 5 shots.

Nodar: in Khevsureti; holding an unusual set of horns in the old Mestia Museum; with children and nieces in Dizi; and (last) with an ancient mortar, also in Dizi.

The 4th shot is of Yours Truly, Tony the Mighty Hunter, in Etseri.