Adishi under 1.5 meters of snow

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2012

Mari Papidze and I visited Adishi to continue interviewing people from the 9 families who remain in this remote Caucasus mountain village throughout the winter. The film will explore how Adishi will change if/when a nearby ski resort brings more tourists—and a different type of tourist—to the small village.

At one point, I videotaped two men clearing snow from the roof of a damaged home. Part of the roof had collapsed sometime in the past, and with about 4.5 feet of snow weighing upon the weak structure, there was a high probability of additional damage unless someone did something quickly. But just walking to the hillside building was a challenge. At every step, the lead man would sink to his waist. Followers had it easier, but we were still panting. I carried my video gear; they each carried a shovel and one carried a ladder. Once we got on the roof, the men “simply” slashed into the snow–inserted their shovels—and heaved the snow away. I gave up my camcorder and tried shoveling as a way of helping, but I was tired after 2 minutes. They worked about 1.5 hours. But in addition to helping a neighbor, there was the reward of seeing below us all of Adishi covered with fresh snow.

We’ll try to edit this video sequence and post it to my blog soon, but meanwhile, enjoy these  winter scenes.

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2012

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2012

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2012

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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.

5 Responses to Adishi under 1.5 meters of snow

  1. Anonymous says:

    amazing photos, I wonder did you use lense filter or it’s just natural

    • keithrkenney says:

      Believe it or not, I did not use a filter, although it looks as if I used a polarizing filter. Nor did I use any Photoshop tricks such as darkening the sky or saturating the blues. All I did was under-expose the photo when pressing the shutter. Then I used Levels to provide a standard contrast range.

  2. According to president Saakashvili, construction of the new ski resort near Adishi begins this year.

    When are you going to post a film about Adishi, and will it be free to watch?

    • keithrkenney says:

      Your two questions fit well together.

      My film is about how Adishi changes, and the new ski resort may change Adishi. My film won’t be finished until Adishi changes, which I’m sure it will change, in one way or another.

      I will post version 1 of the film around September 2012, and it will be free. I will post version 2 of the film about two years later, when the changes to Adishi are more obvious.

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