2013 International Art Festival
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Ekaterina BykhovskayaStrasbourg France
Initially interested in photography as a means to document my travels, I came to realize that apart from merely recording the outside world it could be a powerful tool for expressing views, moods and emotions. Hence, I seek to convey in my images a personal perception by translating emotions and feelings inspired by a place, a situation or a moment. In the series Jerusalem, Old City I was seeking to capture the singular atmosphere of the Old City of Jerusalem. I have arranged the photographs, made primarily in the Jewish Quarter, in diptychs using stone walls of Old Jaffa as backgrounds. Whereas one part of the diptych is completely devoid of human presence and is focused on the architecture, the other part portrays the residents of the quarter, mostly practicing Jews, going about their daily business. I was searching for places and moments that would encompass both the contemplative and somewhat pensive feel of the place owing to its unique history and at the same time its very lively spirit. Born in Moscow, Russia, I am currently based in Strasbourg, France. My works have been exhibited in France, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Russia, Austria and across the United States. They also received awards at national and international contests and have been featured in a number of publications. For full details please visit www.bykhovskaya.com.