About Ken

My interest in photography began along time ago when my Dad let me use his Brownie Hawk Eye during our family vacations.

The person who influenced me the most in my photography was my high school photography teacher. Because of his influence, I never settle for mediocre work. After high school, I continued my education in photography at Santa Monica City College.

Wanting steady employment, I got a job at Rocketdyne where I was trained to work on the Apollo Project. While working at Rocketdyne, I was drafted into the army and stationed in Germany where I began to photograph the German countryside.

After I was discharged from the army, I got a job with the City of Los Angeles. Always interested in photography, I became more involved after my retirement.

I would carry my camera everywhere and began to photograph landscape and wildlife at Lake Balboa and the Sepulveda Basin. I have become fascinated with capturing subjects in minute detail and more attuned to understanding light and composition. More recently, I have expanded my subject matter to include street photography in the Los Angeles area and in my travels.

Currently, I have been exploring the technique of blending Abstract and Impressionistic photography. The artists who have inspired me the most are Paul Gauguin and Pablo Picasso.

Awards

Honorable Mention/California Art League - 2016, 2017, 2018

Second Place/California Art League - 2017

Honorable Mention/Thousand Oaks Art Association - 2018

Contact: Ken Kochakji

17613 Valerio Street

Lake Balboa, California 91406

Email: kspanisheyes@aol.com

About Ken

Ken is originally from Brooklyn, New York but has spent most of his life in Southern California.

His interest in photography has evolved from studies of wildlife and nature to the effects of lighting and composition upon scenery. More recently he has become interested in capturing candid photos of people engaged in ordinary daily activities. His travels have provided a wide array of unique subject matter which have allowed him to expand his portfolio. He has received recognition for his stark depiction of homelessness around the San Fernando Valley.

Currently, he is exploring the technique of blending Abstract and Impressionistic photography inspired by the work of Paul Gauguin and Pablo Picasso.

Awards

Honorable Mention/California Art League - 2016, 2017, 2018

Second Place/California Art League - 2017

Honorable Mention/Thousand Oaks Art Association - 2018

Third Place/California Art League-2018

Third Place/La Galeria Gitana-2019

First Place/San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center-2019

Contact: Ken Kochakji

17613 Valerio Street

Lake Balboa, California 91406

Email: kspanisheyes@aol.com

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