IRC Photographer Spotlight Series – Vladimir Kolesnikov

Indian River County launches "gratitude campaign" in efforts to showcase the community through the eyes of some of the most creative and local photographers.

Indian River County – Photographer Spotlight Series!

This month’s Photographer Spotlight is Vladimir Kolesnikov, aka “Vlad_NY” on Instagram.  His keen eye for nature from sunrise to sunset and everything between, are some of our favorites here at Visit Indian River.  We have used his work quite a bit on social and some digital advertisement throughout the years.  One of the many reasons that we are grateful for Vlad is his appreciation for our county his ability to capture it’s “picturesque” settings.  Vlad relocated here back in 2005 and boy are we happy that he decided to do so.  Something that we value in working with local photographers on this initiative, is their candidness in answering our questions. We believe that connecting in this way is more important today than ever before. Thank you Vlad for sharing how Photography has helped you in times of struggle and for celebrating the beauty that surrounds you in spite of the season you may be facing.  Truly inspiring!


Continue reading to learn more about this talented photographer!


1. How long have you lived or have been visiting Indian River County?

My wife and I bought a house in Vero Beach in 2005 as our future retirement place and we moved to Vero when I retired in April of 2017

2. What do you love the most about experiencing our county?

I love the natural beauty here, I always wanted to live by the sea and now I do. The ocean is a major part of my being fascinated with Vero. I love the weather (except hurricanes), the relaxed pace of life which gives me a lot of opportunities to think and mediate. I like people here very much, they are nice positive folks with a great sense of humor, always ready to help.

3. What’s your favorite place in our county to shoot? And Why?

My favorite place to shoot is the oceanside. The ocean is always different, it is monumental and powerful, and it never fails to surprise me or show a new aspect of itself.

4. How long have you been a photographer?  
 I do not consider myself a photographer. I took pictures all my life, but I developed a real passion for photography only several years ago.

5. Are you self taught or did you go to school to become a photographer?  

I am self-taught. My wife, Elena, explained the basics of photography to me a long time ago. Nowadays, I would ask for tips or advice from people who are photographers. One of the best local photographers, Kirsten Kowalski, gave me a lot of useful tips. Another awesome local photographer, David Robert Bliwas, is a big source of inspiration.
6. What motivated you to get behind the lens?    
As I said, I took pictures most of my life but I really started doing it in earnest after an especially tough period in my life because I needed an emotional outlet and photography seemed like the right thing to do. Also, at some point, several people who followed me on Instagram said that my pictures helped lift their spirits and that became a huge source of inspiration for me. I am happy that I can make others happy by way of my pictures.
7. What is your favorite area to photograph that is off the beaten path? 
I love Pelican Island, but I have yet to make a great picture there. I am working on it.
8. Is this a hobby or your business?
Photography, for me, is a great pastime, a hobby, and a passion.
9. What can our followers and readers expect from you in the future in terms of creative expression? 
I will continue to bring to my followers the beauty and the serenity of nature in Vero Beach and elsewhere and I will concentrate more on the people who live here.
We hope you enjoyed learning more about Vlad’s love for photography and our county. To stay up to date on his work, be sure to visit:



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