Two years ago, I was a Fulbright Scholar in the Republic of Georgia. I taught English to primary and secondary school students for a year in the small mountain town of Keda, in the country’s southwest semi-autonomous region of Adjara. The experience inspired me to go to graduate school so that I could deepen my knowledge of the region. I dreamed of the day I would return to the land and people with whom I had fallen in love. When I was able to return last summer as an intern with the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, I was ecstatic.
Photography has always been a passion of mine. One of the reasons I love to travel is because I am always looking to photograph something new. When I was a Fulbright Scholar, I traveled around the country taking pictures, mostly of the wild scenery and ancient cities, some of which you can see here. This time, however, I wanted to be able to capture the people that make up this beautiful country – to convey their stories and their lives to the world.