Georgia on my Mind

by Tim Rogers November. 17, 2016 1548 views

The most dangerous thing I've done recently was cross the road...four times. Not in a row mind you. It was four times across a two hour span as I floated around the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. Not exactly an inspiring  or indeed interesting example of facing danger but  none the less, I wasn't playing it safe either.

I left the hotel around 630, just missing the best light but straight into the worst traffic I'd ever seen. We aren't talking a slow crawl that eventually goes nowhere. It was a consistent flow at approximately 90km an hour. One car after another, after another, after another, after another. Four lanes lay on either side of the beautiful tree lined  Kura River that flows through the centre of the city. It is the major thoroughfare of the city. It's the arteries of the city running either side of its lungs. The cars just kept flowing at a rapid rate & I wondered if a break in the traffic would ever come. 

Eventually I had way too short a gap appeared so I ran into traffic. With milliseconds to spare I made the middle of the road. For 10 or so minutes I waited in the middle with two lanes inches behind me and two lanes inches in front of me. Finally someone slowed down allowing me to get through one lane. The other lane was still flying. Now I was caught in the tiny space between lanes going the same direction. This is not the place to be on a rainy night in a foreign country in peak hour. Thankfully only two cars passed before someone took pity, most likely mouthing the Georgian words for "you £*#~ing idiot"

But when I cross the road (I won't go into detail about my similarly stupid  & equally hairy crossings) I hit the river & magic happened. The water was still and many a bridge, lit up for the night were there for the taking. The most intriguing was the Bridge of Peace. A footbridge, lit to look like the Georgian flag presented one incredible opportunity. Lit up for the night it gave me an incredible silhouette of a passerby. Later that night, I tried to autostraighten the pic. For some reason the photo was put at a 45 degree angle. Nothing like I expected, but way more interesting than the original. 

I wouldn't say death came calling as I tried to get to the river through four lined of fast moving steel & potential pain...dumb maybe. However some amazing visions did. The risk was juuuuuust worth it. And like a good photographer, when it was a little safer I pointed the lens at the traffic as well. But I'll get to that next time.


Tim


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Antonio Gil 4 years, 10 months ago

Cool night shots. The traffic reminds me India or Kyrgyzstan for that matter. :-))

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Tim Rogers Replied to Antonio Gil 4 years, 10 months ago

Heavy slow traffic would have been easy. This was constant but fast traffic

But worth it in the end

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Gillian Parsons 4 years, 10 months ago

Talk about risking life and limb but pleased you are safe and love the captures.

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Tim Rogers Replied to Gillian Parsons 4 years, 10 months ago

All part of the fun

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Jay Boggess 4 years, 10 months ago

WOWZERZ!!!! Hair raising story to go with these exciting images!!!
Glad you lived to tell the tale!!!

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Tim Rogers Replied to Jay Boggess 4 years, 10 months ago

I left out the other road crossings but they weren't much different.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Tim Rogers 4 years, 10 months ago

:=D

Cheers!

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Tim Rogers Replied to Jay Boggess 4 years, 10 months ago

All part of the fun of this pastime I think 😄

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Jay Boggess Replied to Tim Rogers 4 years, 10 months ago

I guess you're right! I can't believe I survived my early manhood, having been quite the dare-devil myself! (((grin)))

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Grant Lawrence 4 years, 10 months ago

Great lighting on the church at the ridge line in pic one. Nice work mate.

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Tim Rogers Replied to Grant Lawrence 4 years, 10 months ago

Thanks mate. Wish I could have got it a bit sharper

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