Georgia: Somewhere I never considered visiting, a country I knew nothing about except the name of it’s capital - Tbilisi. These images are mainly of people, ordinary lives, few expectations , few chances to move forward at the present, possibly because of the still profound influence of Russia. It’s a country certain about it’s identity , but unsure of it’s place in the world.

There is an amazing friendliness here, despite their obvious ‘hand to mouth’ existence. It’s not poverty as such, but a ‘time-warp’: a way of life that looks backwards rather than forward, set in a sea of agricultural inertia and hard living - but it’s all they know. Attention is captured by this time lapse, the raw feel of the environment and its reality - but with knowledge of its agonised recent history.