LUMIX GX7 Immersion in the World of Light

LUMIX GX7 in GERMANY

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Georgia: Past and Present
After having spent most of the 1990s photographing the wars and conflicts in the Caucasus, I returned to live in Tbilisi in 2008. The city I had known was recuperating from a civil war, with rampant crime and frequent power outages. In recent years, Tbilisi has turned into a laboratory for modern design and architecture and is fast becoming a new tourist destination. I am trying to take a look at this high-speed modernization, in a country with an ancient, often archaic culture at the edge of Europe.

LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH. (1/640 sec, F4.0, ISO 800)

Here, in Tbilisi Old Town, disintegrating old buildings and construction sites covered with canvas depict the renovation going on. In the older areas of Tbilisi, many buildings are in a state beyond possible repair. So they are entirely torn down and reassembled, and then they are rebuilt sort of as they were initially.
Canvas sheets are often draped across the scaffolding during the repair and to cover huge gaps between buildings.

LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH. (1/640 sec, F4.5, ISO 400)

An Italian school being built in Tbilisi. Another “driving around” picture. In one of the mostly Soviet suburbs of Tbilisi, this brightly colored, not-yet-finished Italian school building suddenly appeared.
Colors and paint jobs have been a big issue since the early years since the Rose Revolution.
This is the easiest and cheapest way to quickly brighten up the dull gray, sad Soviet buildings.

LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH. (1/200 sec, F2.2, ISO 400)

Young girls in an old Soviet entrance way in the Vake area of old Tbilisi.

LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH. (1/125 sec, F1.7, ISO 3200)

A Ukrainian wedding party at a new boutique hotel in Kazbegi.

LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH. (1/1000 sec, F5.0, ISO 400)

Woman watching cloud pilgrims at the Trinity Church Gergeti Monastery town of Khazbegi in the Caucasus mountains.

LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH. (1/1600 sec, F8.0, ISO 400)

A newly opened shopping mall in Dighomi, in the Western suburbs of Tbilisi. The most extreme paint jobs can explode in many colors, as you see here in one of the new shopping malls at the edge of Tbilisi.

LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH. (1/2000 sec, F6.3, ISO 400)

Local georgian kids riding a horse near the Trinity Church Gergeti Monastery town of Khazbegi in the Caucasus mountains.

LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH. (1/400 sec, F3.5, ISO 800)

A popcorn seller at Rihke Park, below the Presidential Palace.

LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH. (1/500 sec, F3.5, ISO 400)


GEORGIA. Tbilisi.2013.A violin player rehearses at the back entrance of the Presidential Palace in Tbilisi during a state visit of a EU commissioner.This was taken when just strolling around with my wife on Tbilisi's main Avenue.

LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH. (1/125 sec, F1.8, ISO 1600)

Georgian filmmaker Levan Kitia in a café.

LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH. (1/320 sec, F2.8, ISO 400)

A young woman paying at a pay box – topping up her cell phone credit in the Vake district of Old Tbilisi.

LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH. (1/250 sec, F16.0, ISO 400)

The Aquapark construction site and a cow shepherd.
Near the Tbilisi Sea.

LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH. (1/125 sec, F1.8, ISO 1600)

Dinner with friends at a restaurant in Tbilisi.
With a mirror effect.

LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH. (1/640 sec, F4.0, ISO 800)

A woman in a floral dress walking down the street in Tbilisi.

LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH. (1/640 sec, F4.0, ISO 800)

Tbilisi old town.

LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH. (1/1000 sec, F5.0, ISO 800)

This is the Georgian Military Highway, the main axis through the Caucasus Mountains. Near Pasanauri.
A woman can be seen in the field. Dressed as if she were going to a funeral or a wedding, this woman was picking flowers in a field next to the road.

LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH. (1/500 sec, F3.5, ISO 800)

A faded election poster in the old town of Tbilisi.

LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH. (1/640 sec, F4.5, ISO 400)

A street in Tbilisi old town.

LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH. (1/200 sec, F5.6, ISO 800)

GEORGIA. Tbilisi.2013. The Mother of Georgia statue

LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH. (1/500 sec, F4.0, ISO 400)

This repainted Zaparoshetz is a Soviet-era car. I was just cruising around Tbilisi with nothing specific in mind when I came across this scene. In recent years, most Soviet cars have been replaced by slightly older cars from Germany and central Europe.
In the 1990's I briefly had a Zaparoshetz, which I bought for 200 Deutschmarks. The good thing was, whenever it broke down, which was quite often, I could push it home alone.

LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH. (1/640 sec, F4.5, ISO 800)

A girl in front of the House of Justice.

LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH. (1/125 sec, F1.8, ISO 800)

A young family visiting the Narikala fortress on a newly built funicular in Tbilisi.

LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH. (1/160 sec, F2.2, ISO 800)

Kashveti church and a Georgian woman.

LUMIX G 20mm / F1.7 II ASPH. (1/160 sec, F2.0, ISO 400)

A black lion at the "Shavi Lomi" restaurant. Traditional Georgian food. Although it was just a restaurant where I had lunch, the lighting almost feels like it was for a still life in a studio.
I just waited for the other guests to get up so it would be more natural than an untouched feast.

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BEHIND THE SCENES

THOMAS DWORZAK

After studying in his native Germany, Thomas travelled Europe and the Middle East, capturing the war in the former Yugoslavia, before documenting the conflicts in Chechnya, Karabakh and Abkhazia. A Magnum member since 2004, the decade after 9/11 saw Thomas extensively covering the ensuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and their impact on US politics. Now based back in Georgia, Thomas continues to cover some news stories, such as the "Arab Spring" in Libya and Egypt.