Tsopi is a remote and a pretty isolated village located near the Georgia-Armenia border. Tsopi has a population of around 700, of which 80% is ethnic Azeri and approximately 20% ethnic Armenian. They not only coexist side by side peacefully, but also speak each other's language.
"Chai-Khana intended to publish its new edition on environmental issues on June 15. However due to the devastating flood in Tbilisi, which took the lives of dozens, we considered it appropriate to postpone publishing. Our materials are about the issues, which represent a potential risk to our health and lives, and can be a reason for disasters alike, will be publicly available soon. The Chai-Khana team expresses our condolences to the beloved ones and families of the victims, wishing a quick recovery to those who have suffered losses. Here is Chai Khana's photo story about the devastating flood in Tbilisi, which happened on June 14, 2015." Disclaimer: May contain some disturbing images. Viewer discretion advised".
The Fury of Nature
Every morning before sunrise, between 5 AM and 6 AM fishermen from Batumi with their small boats (max 3-4 person) enter the Black Sea. Prior to departing for the Gonio Bank, which is said to be rich in fish, they call the coast guard police and tell them the number and IDs of the crew, as it is near to the border with Turkey. The fishermen complain about the lack of fish in the sea. “The government gave Turkish seiners the right of fishing in our waters and no fish is left for us” - this can be heard from any fishermen in Batumi. Indeed what they get for a day of fishing is a bucket of fish maximum, which amounts to an average of 10-20 GEL per person in the crew. Accordingly, more than half of the fish in the Batumi fish market is imported. Nevertheless, for the lovers of fresh fish in the city, the market still remains the best option.
Batumi Fish Market
In the middle of October when I decided to go to Tusheti, everyone even my Alvanian taxi driver was against it. Usually, at this time of year it starts to snow on the Abano Pass (2800m) until May and all Tusheti becomes isolated from the rest of Georgia. However, I had a special reason for going to Tusheti - I wanted to experience pastoral lifestyle, i.e. follow a flock of sheep all the way down from Omalo to Alvani (around 75 km) and depict everything through my lens.