Nestled in the Republic of Georgia's Caucasus Mountains is the bucolic village of Ushguli. This town is the backdrop to this simple vignette about a Georgian teenager who likes to ski.
Armed with only meagre tools, 15 year-old Gigi Charqseliani takes us on a harrowing ride down his favourite after-school run. In a region plagued by the usual hardships of rural life, Gigi shows us that all it takes is a little mettle and a lot of heart to experience the simple escapes of gliding on snow.
Kari Medig grew up in a cabin in northern British Columbia with parents who drove a Ford Bronco, wore rubber boots and made him go cross country skiing. They had matching Nikon FEs and used them to photograph mushrooms and other fungi. Kari inherited them one day and started making pictures of his own.
After a sidetrack getting a degree in biochemistry, Kari went to photo school. He now travels around the world making images for a bunch of editorial and commercial clients. Kari particularly likes photographing in snowy places, steep or flat. He has a penchant for 120 film, drinks two coffees a day and relates well to folks with beards. He lives in Nelson, BC with his partner Emily.