The September 2019 issue’s featured photographer is Vlad Pudovkin, a New York-based fashion and portrait photographer.
“My first love since childhood was aviation; so, if you told me prior to 2012 I would be engrossed in photography, I would have laughed and called you crazy,” says Pudovkin. “I’ve always said that life can take you on a path you never imagined; that is exactly what happened to me.
“My photography started because of one thing: I love food and trying new cuisines. It was natural that it began with a food blog (thehungryrussian.com). It was a blast photographing food and writing restaurant reviews; however, everything changed the day I decided to shoot something else.
“I discovered I really enjoy capturing people—in their natural element and also posed to achieve various ‘looks.’
“More important, I discovered a deep passion for vintage photography. I absolutely love to use Photoshop to transform images into time portals. The images I create not only have a nostalgic feel, but they also transport the viewer back to a long-gone era.”
Pudovkin shot this image with a Sony Alpha 7R III and 24–70mm f/2.8 GM lens: 26mm; 1/500; sec; ISO 125. It was processed in Lightroom Classic and Photoshop CC.