‘Mestia - Streets of Mestia’
Hereby three street views of Mestia.
Mestia is a small town in the Svaneti region in the Caucasus in northern Georgia. It is located at an altitude of 1.500 meter.
In the town itself live 2.600 people. In the area around (132 smaller villages) around 14.000 people.
Mostly Svans live in Mestia. The region has like no other in Georgia preserved its original medieval appearance. The Svans have retained many of their ancient traditions and besides Georgian they speak their own language: Svan.
As shown in my previous photos the town is dominated by stone defensive towers.
A typical Svan fortified dwelling consisted of a house, a tower and some other household structures surrounded by a defensive wall.
Information found on Wikipedia.
Mestia is easily accessible by minibus (marshrutka) from Zugdidi and from Kutaisi. The road to it has recently been much improved and tourism is clearly growing.
Also many new homes are built, however not anymore in traditional style. Nevertheless, several streets and alleys still remain very picturesque.
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thebest (4276) 2013-11-28 17:12
What a SUPER photo - I really like the mood that is created by your excellent well timed capture of this lady walking under the arch - all dressed in black she adds so much to the photo.
The textures of the Medieval surrounding structures looks wonderful... I don't mind the modern picket fence just adds that splash of colour as a nice background to the black clothing.
Excellent sharpness, POV & content.
dkmurphys (54417) 2013-11-28 20:39
Very attractive scene from that old street. I like the mysterious mood and the textures of stones. Well seen, have a good day.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-11-28 21:42
Hello Paul - Your WS shots document very clearly the changes to the village but here you concentrate on an old and rustic corner. The darkly clad lady adds an evocative human presence which completes a shot filled with texture. I love the natural wooden roof shingles... Warm regards Rosemary
Romano46 (18472) 2013-11-29 1:32
in questa foto è particolarmente apprezzabile la composizione che attira l'attenzione sulla figura umana che attraversa questa imponente costruzione per poi allargarla sulle mura.
Ottima anche la presenza discreta del colore che però appare molto ben distribuito nel fotogramma.
Una foto semplice ma assai efficace.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
jhm (146558) 2013-11-29 2:45
De stad heeft duidelijk zijn verdedigings torens goed bewaard.
Nog zelden zien we houten dakbedekkingen, misschien wel ceder hou, het meest gebruikte houtsoort voor daken, zelfs heden ten dage durf men dit nog gebruiken, maar zeer brandbaar.
het silhouet van de persoon past heel mooi in de opening met de klare achtergrond.
Goed foto werk opnieuw. Bedankt
Highmountains (2674) 2013-11-29 2:46
The dominant entity that forces the mood of the photograph is the mysterious Lady in Black.
She is walking away from the place.
The cobble stone streets are vacant. The walls dilapidates and the plasters falling off...
The roof has quaint sheds. The rectangular opening it seems open out to a different world. More colourful, more greenery and obviously more open in contrast to the narrow walled lanes. The bright brown of the fencing stands out.
Thanks for sharing, Paul. Excellent work.
Sergiom (70492) 2013-11-29 5:10
Cette image est superbe. C'est le personnage tout en noir qui fait l'image.Elle est parfaitement placée et laisse beaucoup d'espace aux murs environnants qui sont très spéciaux.
rychem (30263) 2013-11-29 9:04
The woman in black is really an eye catcher, beautiful photo, intersting architecture with sooo thick walls. Well done
dta (72937) 2013-11-29 9:25
Bonjour Paul ,
Tout bon cadrage pour cette scène qui nous montre de beau détails architecturaux , et la femme en noir qui passe au bon moment .
holmertz (47024) 2013-11-29 10:12
I like this tightly cropped composition of very tightly packed features. I get an impression that visiting this place would to some extent feel like stepping back in time. I don't see anything here that couldn't have looked the same a few hundred years ago. In spite of the medieval walls the woman in black has become a natural focus, a dark figure walking towards the light. Looking also at the workshop photos I feel that this is a nice place to visit, but living here - or even staying more than a day - could be quite boring, unless you have a very good reason for a longer stay.
chrislo (4155) 2013-11-29 11:56
Je toont ons hier een interessant detail van het versterkingstoren en van de dikke vestingmuren. De aanwezigheid van de vrouw in het zwart is wel een uitstekende toevoeging die een goede indruk van de grootte van die vestingwerken geeft. Ze geeft ook echt "leven" aan dit beeld dat een rustig en tijdloos gevoel afstraalt. Je kadering vind ik heel goed, ook de timing was perfect. Je hebt op het juiste moment afgedrukt ! Ik had alleen misschien een klein beetje van de bovenkant gecropped om de elektriciteitsmast en de vangrail te verwijderen. Maar dat neemt niets weg van de kwaliteit van de foto uiteraard.
Ik wens je een heel goed weekend.
saxo042 (37730) 2013-11-30 2:50
A very beautiful and interesting view! The woman, who brings life to the scene, is only silhouetted in the gateway but she is still very important in the composition. Good colours and impressive buildings with many nice details.
mesutilgim (90656) 2013-11-30 9:30
Perfect capture from Georgia ! A good lecture for a perfect pov.
TFS and have a nice weekend
pajaran (56536) 2013-11-30 12:33
Interesantan i dobar tekst o gradu na planini ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazana arhitektura i trenutak sa gospodjom u crnom.
Interesantna i lepa arhitektura.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
Interesting and good article about the town in the mountains ...
Good time recording and contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work, beautiful architecture and shown the moment the lady in black.
An interesting and beautiful architecture.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best for the weekend, good luck.
lousat (85018) 2013-11-30 15:14
Hi Paul,beautiful close up on the streets of this old city,great timing to take the woman in black,there is a strange and mysterious atmosphere,i like it!! Have a nice day and thanks fro this new interesting post.Luciano
maloutim (9639) 2013-11-30 16:02
Tu sembles avoir effectué un merveilleux voyage en Géorgie ! Ce post m'intéresse particulièrement, à la fois par la note instructive sur ce peuple traditionnel et la composition de l'image.
La silhouette en noir est très élégante d'une part et donne un très bel effet de dynamisme sous cette arche qui la mène vers une clôture ensoleillée et la campagne environnante.
Merci du partage.
Sonata11 (33717) 2013-11-30 19:47
beautiful composition of architecture, fantastic management of light, colors, sharpness, clarity and wonderfully framed. Perfectly well done. I like it and tfs.
Have a nice Sunday, Barbara
berek (45339) 2013-11-30 23:51
i love architectural details with black women. very good composition my friend.
Have a nice sunday.
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-12-01 0:55
I love this kind of scenes!
Really well done!Beauty of the old architecture combined with human element-the woman is excellently placed in the shot making it not only more "lively",but for me also moody.
Have a nice sunday
danos (92502) 2013-12-01 9:22
nice the view of this close section of Mestia town with the passing by woman in black to contrast perfect with the other parts of the image.
I like the well chosen vertical format as adds effective in it.
willperrett (8943) 2013-12-01 9:46
Without the figure, this would be an interesting image of old vernacular architecture; with the figure it is transformed into a study of a living town. I'm pleased that you have not gone down the route of exaggerated saturation that seems so common these days. Nice work, from an area that I don't know at all.
williewhistler (15785) 2013-12-01 11:25
I would echo Wills remarks,it is indeed the lady in her traditional clothes that puts the most interesting of scenes into a proper context.
There are a great many architectural features also to study and enjoy.Fascinating.
Best wishes Les.
Schnappilic (9690) 2013-12-01 12:22
Nice crop of this little town of Georgia. Great compositions with these impressive walls. Well done!
fabbs99 (17129) 2013-12-01 17:39
I love the framing.Excellent piece of work with great sharpness.TFS.
jacquest (18919) 2013-12-02 14:32
Une image de très bonne qualité dans laquelle la dame en noir devient l'élément important tout en permettant d'admirer ces murs de pierres et leur texture.
mkamionka (33601) 2013-12-05 2:56
very attractive capture: I like the abundance of the walls with the silhouette of the woman adding some mystery and interest here. We can also spot some hills behind the gate which let us imagine an amazing location of this place among the mountains.
Very well seen and captured,
Cricri (113549) 2013-12-05 23:19
Le charme de ces vielles construction ne manque pas de charme, la dame est un plus et de plus bien placé, belle et intéressante image
COSTANTINO (61383) 2013-12-08 0:17
impressive capture with the black
figure adding life
attractive scenery from this
old street creating a particular
have a nice day
adramad (41959) 2013-12-08 15:07
A magnificent composition, which also reminds me of a wonderful structure for painting, the presence of that person across the door gives a great charm.
Very good textures and details of these old walls.
A colorful perfect very natural.
A bright image with optimum clarity.
Well done. I Like
Have a good start to the week.
carlo62 (41173) 2013-12-09 2:02
una foto molto bella, sia scenograficamente, sia per la presenza della figura in nero che crea interesse e curiosità.
jcpix (13846) 2013-12-12 15:18
I'm going to echo Gert's note here, it was also my first impression that this image felt like stepping back in time. The virtual silhouette of this person in passing couldn't be better placed, the perfect deep contrast of color and addition of presence to the otherwise empty streets. A smart composition, the tight framing really pulls me into the image, I feel as if I'm standing right there myself. Terrific textures and details throughout, this turned out extremely well!
ourania (38874) 2013-12-15 9:33
I like very much how you arranged these enormous blocks of stone in your vertical frame and found a great perspective and a walking woman to show us that this is a lived in environment. Your composition shows the medieval character of this remote town very effectively, the black dressed figure is mysterious and your picture looks timeless (to enhance this effect, I would leave out of the frame the pillar seen in the distance.) The textures are sharp and intriguing, light and colours have a very fine quality. I find the workshop pictures are very interesting and useful too, as I knew nothing about this place. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
emka (89253) 2014-01-18 20:58
hello paul, I have missed this photo from Mestia. So interesting the main one and in the workshop. It is good that the more turists come and something new is built, but on the other hand, I like the places more back in time. very nice composition from the older part, the walls are impressive high. have you waited for someone to pass the gate/ The woman in black is just in right place. How strange that such a small community has its own language.
Warm regrads malgo
gus72 (3719) 2014-02-15 16:10
Hi Paul !!
This is a " Quality " photo ...... it is so nice.
The contrast between the austere wall & the street is in great contrast with the woman walking away and dressed in black.
Great composition, well balanced and nicely presented.
Have a nice week end.
jmdias (59958) 2014-03-27 2:29
excellent use of the elements of this architecture, showing slices of its shapes and the personage very well shown, adding life and movement to the compo. TFS.