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Ivor Prickett March 24, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Georgia.
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Gali, Abkhazia’s frontier with Georgia 2010

Ivor Prickett (b.1983, Ireland) completed a degree in Documentary Photography at the University of Wales, Newport. With a particular interest in post war situations Ivor has worked on a number projects throughout the Balkans and more in recently in the Caucasus. He is currently based in the Middle East from where he works for leading publications. Ivor’s work has been recognized through a number of major photography awards including The Ian Parry Scholarship, the BJP/Nikon Endframe Award and the National Portrait Gallery Photography Prize Godfrey Argent Award. His photographs have been published in The Sunday Times magazine, The Guardian Weekend magazine, Geo Germany, Stern Geographical, Fader, Exit  and among other publications.

About the Photograph:

“This picture is from my project Gali: Abkhazia’s frontier with Georgia. It takes a look at daily life for the Mingrelian Georgians who still live in the breakaway republic. I made two trips there over the past year and this photo was from my second in August and September during a visit to the only functioning church left in Gali, the province where almost all of the 40,000 Georgian returnees are concentrated in Abkhazia. It is a tiny, very sparsely decorated church set just off the main road that leads into Abkhazia from the border with Georgia. The day we went was a very important day in the orthodox calendar and people had come from all over the region to attend the service. Although the scenes inside were very beautiful, taking picture was especially hard because there was little space to maneuver and limited available light. When I saw the young girl reach up to light the candle I knew it was a nice scene and quickly got myself in position to take the picture. I managed to shoot maybe four frames and afterword’s I was relived to see that I had guessed the right exposure! I think this could easily have been a rather clichéd image but for me the man with his head in his hands gives it a more poignant and balanced feel.”

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