Tbilisi in Black-and-White

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 in Black-and-White Cities, Georgia, Photography | 4 Comments

Tbilisi Old Town

Sometimes, shooting black-and-white is a necessity.

When I arrived in Tbilisi and couldn’t quite get a handle on the city, that struggle permeated my pictures. I wasn’t seeing color pictures I wanted to take. So to combat my frustration, I decided to simplify—I switched to monochrome.

Black-and-white film emphasizes different elements than color, as I’ve mentioned before. Monochromatic images highlight the contrast, shape, line, and form.  I find that cities especially lend themselves to black-and-white; with so much going on, it’s inevitable that removing color from the equation will reveal an alternate side of the city. Plus, monochromatic urban images seem classic, harkening back to Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gary Winogrand, and Robert Frank. Cities display their mysteries in monochromatic whispers.

The Tbilisi I discovered through my monochromatic film is dramatic, ornate, filled with secret pockets of light and strange geometry. The city is like that in color, too—it just took shooting in black-and-white to find it.

(Expect to see more cities in black-and-white, and soon! I shot mostly monochrome in both Yerevan and Belgrade, so perhaps this will become a series.)

Tbilisi Secrets

Ornate Georgia

Tbilisi Cathedral Steps

Curlicue Tbilisi

Tbilisi Funicular

Dinamo Market Anonymous

Tbilisi Street Art

Street Religion


Holy Trinity Cathedral Tbilisi

Freedom Square Metro



  1. juicesaar
    September 2, 2013

    Great photos! :)


  2. pollyheath
    September 2, 2013

    Love these — the black and white certainly made everything more dramatic!

    • Katrinka
      September 12, 2013

      Thanks! It’s one of the reasons why shooting monochrome is so much fun.


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