Weekly Photo Challenge: 2017 Favourites

This week’s challenge is 2017 Favourites

The challenge calls on us “To celebrate the end of the year, share the most meaningful photo you’ve taken in 2017.”

I don’t know how many photos I’ve taken this year, somewhere in excess of 20 000 but here are five of my favourites.

The first I call “Gas Station at Night” taken in Varketili in February, this reminds me of Edward Hopper’s oeuvre. He painted gas stations and he painted many night scenes.

Gas Station at Night
Gas Station at Night

My second is “Pine Needles in the Rain“, at the beginning of the hiking season (early June) we went camping in  Dariali Gorge and it rained heavily.

raindrops on pine needles
Pine Needles in the Rain

The third is a slightly humorous shot entitled “Please Die”, I often take photos of people using their phones for selfies, the digital generation. After I took the shot I noticed the graffiti saying “please die”, which seemed appropriate for the expression on the man’s face, which we might relate to his girlfriend taking innumerable selfies.

Please Die
Please die

I have another blog about collecting diecast model cars (especially Matchbox and Hot Wheels) diecast blog. I have taken to habitually carrying around a model from my collection in a pocket, to grab potential photo opportunities. Here is a photograph of a Matchbox VW Karmann Ghia Convertible, taken at the graveyard where my father-in-law is buried on the outskirts of Tbilisi.

1969 VW Karmann Ghia Convertible MBX
1969 VW Karmann Ghia Convertible (Matchbox)

And I’ll finish with my grandchildren eating bananas….

banana kids
banana kids

Weekly Photo Challenge: Temporary

A photograph is a snapshot in time capturing a fleeting moment that won’t return. The seasons change and the foliage changes with the season. Flowers bloom, leaves turn brown, buildings are put up and demolished, there is little that is really permanent, maybe nothing at all.

Autumn in Tbilisi
Autumn in Tbilisi
raindrops on pine needles
raindrops on pine needles

This week’s challenge is Temporary

“What we capture is just one specific moment of alignment between the world, our camera, and our eyes. “

Some moments are shorter lived than others…will their love last as long as the balloon?

Valentine's day

Even something built in stone is not forever…

best of destruction

“Being temporary doesn’t make something matter any less, because the point isn’t for how long, the point is that it happened.”