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Standing Still
Photograph by Randy Olson

In the highlands of Svaneti, in a remote corner of Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains, the medieval towers of Mestia stand like linchpins that link more than 800 years of history to the present day. Here, family bonds and clan loyalties still matter more than national allegiance. Here, pagan rituals mingle with modern faiths and sensibilities.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/2.8
Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: 8 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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