Vanessa Winship (UK, 1960) went to Georgia for the first time in 2003, not long after the so-called Rose Revolution. Although she didn’t go because of the revolution as such, this was the context in which she found herself. In what ways are people attached to the country? How does this define their identity? Georgia is a place with a sense of an ancient past and somehow the people’s features reflect that. There is a kind of melancholy, an underbelly that almost inevitably makes it a place literally crumbling under the weight of an unsustainable romance. Georgia is saturated with icons, from the walls of ancient churches and cathedrals, to life-sized portraits of loved ones dotting the landscape, painted by an artisan to commemorate a life. Winship went in search of the people she felt most represented this collective imagining, which is reflected in her formal portraits and landscape typologies. Winship’s Sweet Nothings series will be exhibited at Blue Sky, the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, in May 2011. A book on ‘her’ Georgia is in the making.