“My home is my fortress” – difficult to imagine any place where this saying comes as close to reality as it does in the Svaneti – in a land of fortified houses of highland warriors. The unconquered land of Svan people, defenders of high mountain passes of the Caucasus, is a must-see destination in Georgia. Stretching back over many centuries, Svans have built their tower homes for their personal as well as their family treasuries defense. The combination of the remoteness of high, snow-capped mountains, ancient culture, unique architecture and welcoming local people makes Svaneti a photographer’s paradise. Surrounded by the highest and majestic peaks in Europe: Elbrus (5.642m), Shkhara (5.200m), Tetnuldi (4.858m), Gistola (4.860m) and Ushba (4.710m) – gives the feeling that the sky is within reach of your hand, so close that you can actually touch the stars, or in our case photograph.
Thomas van Hemert, a Dutch photographer with more than 20 years of experience in photography, will run the tour personally. Years of living in Georgia and exploring Svaneti, have given him an intimate working knowledge of the landscapes, the light, the unique photo spots, and of the local people. Thomas guides you on an adventurous journey through the region’s different eras, architectural influences and geographic features. On locations, working alongside with you and inspiring you, he offers technical advice and practical help that will leave you with both great photos, a deeper understanding of Svaneti and unforgettable memories