Aleksey Bochkovsky

Aleksey Bochkovsky was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and immigrated to New York in 1991. He developed a passion for photography some years later and after meeting his wife, Alena, also a photographer, moved to the Bay Area in 2005. Aleksey has participated in exhibits in New York and San Francisco and has received awards for his creative work. He and his wife are now working towards making photography their full time career.
Artist statement:
We shed the lived off seconds, minutes and years like necrotic tissue. We exchange our epidermis seasonally for some tougher, more rigid cover, with a stubborn desire to isolate ourselves from the surrounding world more and more. In due course we develop the skill to foresee and recognize the slightest hints of potential threat to our acquired comfort. As our protective cocoon grows coarse, like the bark of a tree, so like a tree is the soul within, preserving the annual rings of imprints and scars of past experience.
There comes a moment, when having secured ourselves thus against the world, an unbearable fear overcomes us at the mere thought of an alien intrusion into the inner privacy of calm and balance.
But if we slow the pace to sit down and peel away the crusty cover, we can expose the rings of the soul. We can find that it is possible to reach those very first rings- the most pure and true ones at the core. And if we practice this often, the world will start to react and respond.
Probably the main thing is to remember your beginnings with the novelty of experience, and not to lose the acuteness of perception. Touch the surface, revel in the texture, and give thanks for your gift of touch.
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Elena Zhukova

The purpose of my photographs is to illustrate the magnitude and vast range of human character and individuality in fictitious ways. I draw parallels between individuals I meet or see in real life and cartoon-type characters I envision in my fantasies. Some ideas are inspired by paintings, some are based on movies and books and some find their roots in the depth of my imagination without correlation to any of existing forms of media I know of. On the same note, I find listening and communicating with kids to be essential for my creative process. I often try to put myself in shoes of my three year old son to understand his perspective of the world, which is undeniably more “unorthodox” then the one of the most adults I get to meet. I purposefully avoid composite images because they take away the fine pallet of emotions present at the setting. I find that modern equipment and tools available to me are sufficient to distort reality and perspective in every necessary way.

Performance: Erika Tsimbrovsky and Vadim Puyandaev;
Music: Grundik Kasyansky
Directing and Editing: Elena Zhukova; Cinematography: Aleksey Bochkovsky and Elena Zhukova

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