Copyright Susanna Melo, 2011

Tbilisoba is an annual celebration of the arrival of autumn. We saw an exhibit of black-and-white photos taken in Tbilisi between 1890 and 1930. We heard a pop rock band and the screams of young teens. Hundreds of children had their faces painted, and their parents bought them balloons. Older adults admired antique cars and some dressed in traditional Georgian costumes. Dancers entertained on various stages. Everyone ate fruit and cake. More adventuresome people crushed grapes for wine. The weather was warm and sunny with clear skies. I’m glad we could join the masses of people enjoying themselves.

Copyright Susanna Melo, 2011

Copyright Susanna Melo, 2011


About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

2 Responses to Tbilisoba

  1. Allison says:

    Amazing photos Su!! I could not be more impressed! So glad yall are having a beautifil experience!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the compliment, Allison! Of course, I owe my knowledge of photography to your dad. He is a great photographer and a great photography teacher; he is also VERY patient with my slow learning process. 😦 We’ve enjoyed our weekly conversations via Skype. Take care and we love you!

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