The following images are of Georgian people. Many people believe these are Cossacks. A Cossack is a member of a group of Eastern Slavic people that numbered over 4 million by the start of the 20th century. What many think of as the “Cossack” dress was in fact the traditional style of the Georgian people and the mountain peoples of the Caucasus. Cossacks were Dagestanis, Terek, Kuban, Ossetians, Kabardians, Ingush, Chechens, Circassians, Tatars, Kumyks, Don, Kalmyks, Urals, Astrakhan to name a few…
These are some of our favorite portraits.
When I look at these images, I imagine that each and every one of them had families back home, loved ones who cared about them, worried about them, prayed for them. I wonder what each one was thinking the moment that the photograph was taken?
What do you think?