Vladimir was raised in a small village just outside of Moscow, Russia. He began his maritime career as a bosun (or boatswain) after studying at St. Petersburg’s seaman school. In 2005, he switched over to expedition staff, which allowed him to combine his passion for people, wildlife, wild spaces and photography. A self-proclaimed fix-it guy, he can often be found servicing Zodiacs and repairing gear as an on-board logistics manager. He has enjoyed over 200 trips to the Arctic and Antarctic, where he continues to perfect his art and photography. Vladimir is a published artist, and his photos have been featured in many magazines. His Moscow photo exhibit of polar environments received high praise. When not on ships, Vladimir writes stories to educate children about the wildlife of Antarctica and the Arctic.