Georgia had been on my travel bucket list for a couple of years, waiting for a perfect opportunity for me to sit down and do the proper planning. Mind you, it took 3 months before I was able to embark on my quest.

When I started preparing for the journey, I had already been photographing abandoned architecture for nearly four years. Having captured many places all over Europe - Poland, Germany, and Portugal among them - I felt an urge to aim for something unique, something that would ignite a spark of adventure back into my traveler's life.

Winter was drawing to a close by the time we had arrived in Georgia. By the time the first five days of the trip were over, we had traveled high and wide across Georgia searching for tourist attractions, albeit not quite blessed with the gentlest weather. Oftentimes, it would impede our efforts to take shots of the stunning scenery.

The last couple of days were busy with us photographing former Sanatoriums. Some of them, for the past 25 years, had sheltered refugees in Western Georgia who escaped the war in Abkhazia, which, incidentally, came to be our next destination a few days later. Personally, I found the war to be still very much present in people's minds, creating a fragile, somewhat corrupt and lawless land.

Driving through the small villages to our first photography destination, I was silent. I stared through the window trying to make sense of the surroundings, as the traveling itself was rather surreal. We drove past the shells of former grandeur homes, factories, warehouses and cars mixed in with beautiful rolling mountains and green vegetation.

On a few occasions, I had to remind myself that this journey was about the overall series, a body of work and not just the singular shots - not that Abkhazia had no portfolio shots to offer - yet, in my mind, the buildings were meant to compliment each other this time around.

And as I stood atop these marvelous landmarks I was constantly reminded of all the history that had happened there, photographing the locations in their prime.

You see, the thing about this land and about this journey, too, was that every turn and corner were a surprise. Abkhazia was raw, and it was also beautiful with its charming residents but most of all - the de-facto state just screamed photogenic.

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A Stunning Former Train Station

A Stunning Former Train Station

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LemonyLickit 10 months ago

Stunning!

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A Grand Train Station Wing

A Grand Train Station Wing

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S Bagci 10 months ago

Why was it abandoned I wonder ? Its beautiful.

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A Disused Park Restaurant

A Disused Park Restaurant

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LemonyLickit 10 months ago

Absolutely beautiful....even in the present state.

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A Small Wooden Bridge Near Gagra

A Small Wooden Bridge Near Gagra

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serena 10 months ago

Man look at that current!

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A Disused Rail Bridge In The Mountains

A Disused Rail Bridge In The Mountains

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Sue Hic 9 months ago

Wow !!! what a view

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An Abandoned Sanatorium/Hotel

An Abandoned Sanatorium/Hotel

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Jhoa 10 months ago

Is it both or were you not sure? ^_^

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An Abandoned Sanatorium/Hotel

An Abandoned Sanatorium/Hotel

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Coco 10 months ago

look at the view!! How come there's nobody interested about living there??

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Inside The Former Government Building

Inside The Former Government Building

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An Abandoned Theater/Cinema

An Abandoned Theater/Cinema

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Night Owl 10 months ago

Beautiful ceiling. Reminds me of a cake

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Beautiful Staircase Inside An Abandoned Hotel

Beautiful Staircase Inside An Abandoned Hotel

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LemonyLickit 10 months ago

Stairway to heaven.

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A Park Entrance

A Park Entrance

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Small Decaying Train Station

Small Decaying Train Station

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LemonyLickit 10 months ago

It's interesting that there are so many abandoned train stations.

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Former Restaurant On The Coast

Former Restaurant On The Coast

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Karen B. 10 months ago

What kind of pattern is that across the roof? It's lovely!

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Grand Station In The Rain

Grand Station In The Rain

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Black And Red Shell Of A Former Train Station In Sukhumi

Black And Red Shell Of A Former Train Station In Sukhumi

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Karen B. 10 months ago

Vaguely Oriental

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The Small Villages In The Mountains Left A Lasting Impression

The Small Villages In The Mountains Left A Lasting Impression

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MnM2520 10 months ago

I think I've been here before

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#17

A Lonely Piano Resides In A Former School

A Lonely Piano Resides In A Former School

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Karen B. 10 months ago

This kind of image is my favourite. The beauty of disuse. Kudos to the photographer for being able to find this.

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The Upstairs Of A Derelict Theater

The Upstairs Of A Derelict Theater

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Former Parliament Building

Former Parliament Building

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Karen B. 10 months ago

Looks rather prison-esque.

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A Soviet Bus Stop Is Passed By A Soviet Car

A Soviet Bus Stop Is Passed By A Soviet Car

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Jade Stacy Maria Brimfield 8 months ago

Smashed this!!!

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An Electric Sub Station Lacking A Roof

An Electric Sub Station Lacking A Roof

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Trixster Million 10 months ago

It's not lacking a roof, the roof just happens to be on the floor.

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