Vladimir was raised in a small Russian village just outside of Moscow. He began his maritime career as the ship’s Bosun after intense study in St. Petersburg Seaman’s school. In 2005 he switched over to expedition staff, which allowed him to combine his passion in people, wildlife, wild spaces and photography. He is a self proclaimed “fix-it guy” and can often be found servicing zodiacs and repairing gear in his role as on-board logistics manager. He has enjoyed over 200 trips to the Arctic and Antarctic where he continues to perfect his art, photography. As a published artist, Vladimir’s photos have been featured in many magazines and his Moscow photo exhibit of polar environments received high praise. When not on ships, Vladimir is currently writing stories to educate children about the wildlife of Antarctica and Arctic .