Vladimir was raised in a small Russian village just outside of Moscow. He began his maritime career as the ship’s bosun after intensive study in St. Petersburg Seaman’s school. In 2005 he became part of the expedition staff, which allowed him to combine his passion for working with people, wildlife, wilderness 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 300 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 lives in Russia, working on his photographs and writing stories to educate children about the wildlife of Antarctica and the Arctic.