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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