My name is Mikhail Borovkov and I was born in the Gorky city, USSR in August 1984. I am Russian by nationality but that would be fair to say, that a "citizen of the world" as I am on the road almost all my entire lifetime and spent more time abroad. I am coming from a family of the Russian physicians. As my parents were sent to work in all random places in Russia and abroad, I am really used to traveling from my childhood. Probably that’s what made me to chose my profession at the end of the day, which is diplomatic service. I have graduated from Nizhniy Novgorod (former Gorky) State University and joined the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2007. I had long term postings in Vietnam and Australia, and visited quite a lot of countries around the world. Currently I am back to Moscow and work at the Ministry dealing with issues mostly concerning cooperation with Central Asian sates.
Photography is my one big hobby and inspiration from my school years, when my uncle gave me my first camera. People were always saying that I see things a bit differently paying attention to unconventional aspects. But I was not too serious about it, concentrating on taking portraits of my family members and landscapes occasionally while being on the road.
My first steps were quite ambitious, frankly, as thought I could be conceptual. Mostly I was creating and taking pictures of ready-made sculptures but then fairly quickly I have realised that, leaving the vision aside, my photography skills were relatively poor. So, I started franticly exploring of Flickr and 500px to catch the technics, which are very useful in this sense, reading books and magazines on photography, going through many open educational on-line courses - say, trying to do everything in my power to have a grasp the sense of the technical side and understand what is what in photography art.
This drive to find new trends was carrying me away but also made me realise that I don’t really have my particular style. And that launched a new quest... which seems relentless.
Australia was an extremely generous in offering fantastic landscapes, street life situations and what not, you name it. I felt this incredible connection with nature there and had this real drive and reward coming out of it. I guess that was the most intense inspiration I ever had.
I was also trying to seize every opportunity to try myself in some different stile, to feet the shoes of a correspondent or the street photographer, or even explore studio art. From my personal perspective the most interesting pictures I had taken were the portraits of the Australian indigenous people. I took them on film so that added some vintage flavour but gave it a unique soul as well.
At present I take my camera with me all the time where-ever I go.