On this website you can find my photographs, articles and stories about the most interesting expeditions and publications in different mass media, including National Geographic for which I often take photos and write articles. All releases of the programme about adventures with soul called «My way», which I have authored for several years, you can also find here.
My name is Vladimir Alekseev. Who am I? A photographer, a traveler, a journalist, a publisher, a chief editor of one of the Russian mass media press. In the past – successful top-manager in the largest Russian advertising agency. But to be honest, it’s only roles. Who I am in real is about my inner world and perhaps you could understand it exploring this website. I hope, you’ll enjoy it and we will become friends.
I’m ready to share with you my thoughts and skills which I got during my activities. I’ll show you my photos, but I wouldn’t stop on technical details – many of you know about it even more – so I’ll tell you where, how, when, what and, most importantly, why, I’m taking photos.
Every image, whether it’s a photo or a picture, has its own invisible effect. Thousand years ago Saint Agapit Pecherskiy knew about it. For example, he said that icon mustn’t idealize an object in order not to create an idol for blind human worship. But it must be spirited. It’s important in which spiritual condition the human was when he made the icon. And being in special condition of consciousness, when human is abstracted from his Animality and show his Spiritual origin, there is a special force in the image. It can help contemplator to feel himself in a different way, bring a sense of real divine presence and breed in us spiritual splash of emotions.
That’s exactly what I love in photography – possibility to share your inner feelings. I’m trying to learn how to do it in the best way. Learn not to “share”, but to, first of all, “feel” it myself. And photography helps me. I don’t know if my efforts are good enough, but I really hope that some of my photos will set off warmth and smiling inside of you.
I make mistakes like all of us, but they just help me. After all, any mistake or complexity – a great lesson for us to become better.
I want to say some words about adventures, because I hear this question too often. I have organized more than 50 expeditions in different corners of the world, also in such hard-to-reach places as closed Indian Residency of the Shingu River (tributary of the Amazon) in Brazil, excavations of ancient Mayan settlements in jungles of the Petain district in Guatemala, poorly studied regions of the Arctic and so on. While I was studying outward things and its secrets, I realized that my inner relation to travel and photography had changed. In the beginning, I have tried to visit lots of beautiful places and show them people. But after a number of years I began to understand one ancient wisdom, which says:
«A man, holding in his arms the rarest pearl, is dreaming to find its shell and show it people as something sacred, without understanding that he has more right now. Being in his illusions, he gives the value of the shadow to the dead, forgetting about living».
In time I realized that every external beauty of our world – is only illusion, shadows of dead, though it is amazing, but senseless without eternal and alive, which is hiding inside of us, without own soul. I’m still traveling, especially in Russia, but my inner relation to it has really changed. It is about priorities. There is a saying: «When God is on the first place, everything else – in their places». Now I don’t run for «beautiful views» (there is no sense in beautiful dead pictures), but try to find manifestation of inner beauty in that eternal view, which surrounds me at the moment. Because only in this case my photos become alive, anyway, for me. It doesn’t matter where it is – garden in the suburbs or among icebergs in Greenland. I will try to tell you about it in my stories from numerous adventures around the World.
It would be great if you send me letters, remarks and suggestions!
My mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number: 8 (495) 233-22-44
P.S.: I often get questions about technics that I use, so here they are: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon 50 mm f/1.2L, Canon 8-15 mm f/4L, Canon 24-70 mm f/2.8L II, Canon 16-35 mm f/2.8L II, Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8L II, Canon 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L II, Canon 11-24 mm f/4L, Sigma 150-600 mm f/5-6.3, tripod Gitzo. And of course different nitpicky things: handheld light, cables, filters, e.t.c.
P.S.S.: Norwegian traveler and scientist-anthropologist Tut Heyerdahl said: «Borders? I have never seen them. But heard that they exist in the minds of men». I agree with this quote and these words for me as a motto …