Aleksander Bochenek (33) is an independent photographer and traveler living in Krakow, Poland. He is fascinated with the world’s cultural variety and visual manifestation of people’s values and beliefs. He uses the medium of photography in order to raise questions rather than a mere tool of literal describing.
“While images are my passion, photography is my way of experiencing the world and seeking the answers”
Aleksander: While images are my passion, photography is my way of experiencing the world and seeking the answers. It’s a never-ending process of learning, a pretext to meet others and find myself in life changing situations. It is to know the truth about myself.
I was born in Poland in 1978. Ever since I can remember I have been restless, passionate and pretty much interested in everything. Growing up, I wanted to be a cartoonist, rally driver, death metal musician, karate master, mathematician, architect, snowboarder, diver and professional mountain biker.
Carrying so many interests and passions in one body, with no clue what exactly I want to do in my life, I decided to study ‘business’, as it would give me the opportunity to earn money and keep on trying. So I studied Marketing and Strategic Management and finally gained an MBA degree.
I took me several years in the corporate world to realize my dissatisfaction with the reality I had put myself in. I quit my job and left for Tokyo where I took up photography and studies on environmental changes at the United Nations University.
Next I moved to Barcelona to continue my photographic self-development. There I graduated in photojournalism at the GrisArt Escola.
Since then I have traveled extensively to dozens of destinations around the world, focusing my lens on social injustice, the moral condition of humanity and religion. Currently I work simultaneously on several long term projects. One of them is “I Love my Sudder Street”, featured on my website website.”