Telavi and I fell in love at first sight. As soon as I drove over Gombori, I immediately felt that I was breathing differently. I don’t know for sure but when heading somewhere for the first time the mood is probably the main thing, as well as who you travel with. Most of all I like it when my companion and I look at the world in the same way as it opens up before us, when what we feel and hear are the same. For me, emotions are full when confirmed by someone else.
And the mood arose just at the very moment when we were on one of the main streets of Telavi.
In the middle of the street there is a canal criss-crossed by small bridges. This small canal brings on such peace that you stop hearing the passing cars on both sides of it or see the towering remains of the box-like Soviet projects.
These feelings are amplified by the aura created by the people calmly sitting around outside.
At the end, the street splits. To the right - a temple and a beautiful paved street with houses whose balconies hang overhead. All the yards are well-kept here. There are flowers everywhere. It's crowded. Some are on their way from the temple while others are simply resting with their family.
I noticed two boys at the temple. One was sitting by the wall, while the other dismounted his bicycle and went inside. The seated one's eyes sparkled at the sight of the bike. Slowly, not looking around, he crept along the wall towards the bicycle. It turned out he only wanted to touch it.
Only later, when looking at the photos, did I realize how many tiny stories were happening around me that minute and in the place where I was. I only began to feel this when I started shooting for the first time.
To the left of the intersection the road leads to the centre of the city and to the palace of Erekle II ("Batonisciche"). Here you feel the heartbeat of the city. Buildings from the 50s and traditional Georgian houses with timber and glass verandas and balconies harmoniously coexist in the heart of Telavi.