Over the years, people who have grown to admire my work and have wondered why I don’t have a place and a space to share some of my works with the world. As a result, this website was born.
My name is Vladimir (or ‘Vladi’) Burkov. I was born in Moscow in 1959. In 1990, I moved to Los Angeles with my family, and have lived in SoCal ever since.
I thank my parents, Maria and Alexander, for all they have invested in me. My father taught me a lot. I had picked up one of his hobbies, photography, sometime around twelve or thirteen years of age. It quickly became my passion.
Before I move on, I would like to talk a little about my views on photography. We live in an era where one can digitally enhance and modify images. We can even create images artificially. This is a stark contrast to the immense amount of effort that was required when photography was entirely analog. In fact, in those days, it wasn’t possible to do even one thousandth of what we can do today.
I believe photography is art. The very essence of an artist’s soul is seen in the works that they create. Sometimes, it takes many attempts to create a work that conveys what the artist would like to portray. My philosophy on photography differs in that, often times, you may only have one shot to ensure everything is captured the way you want it; if you aren’t careful, you can lose your chance in the blink of an eye.
I consider myself an artist, as people have referred to me as one. In keeping true with my philosophy, I have vowed to never modify any aspect of any photographs I have taken, except the size of the picture. This is a boundary I will never cross.
I see the world differently. Perhaps this is one way how my photography is different. In every one of my works, I emphasize what I call “stretching volume”. Because human beings have both central and peripheral vision, a photographer can deceive how the brain processes what it sees. Many would call my style unorthodox.
If the concept of P3C is applied correctly, then the mind questions whether what it sees is simply a two dimensional picture. Using metal prints, as opposed to regular prints, is one way I ensure this happens. I will consider my role fulfilled if you will question whether or not what you see is simply a two dimensional picture when you look at my works.
Thank you for reading!
"My dentist has a few photos hanging in her office. All the photos are incredibly beautiful and soothing. They provide a level of comfort that I nearly forget I'm at a dentist's office."
"I like what you are bringing to the audience, I almost agree, except metal printing. I can only treat it as your suggestion to get better results (besides, it could be expensive, is it?). Today it is a sheet of metal, tomorrow it could be a hologram or something else.."
"Vlady Burkov is a very talented photographer. It is an honor to have his photographs in my office . My patients are amazed to see the photographs. The pictures bring a lot of joy and happiness to everyone."