Photographer Julija Levkova was born in Latvia during the Soviet occupation. Levkova, who was raised by her mother, describes her childhood as “isolated.” Much of her time was devoted to reading art history and visiting museums where she became fascinated by the work of Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Rubens. Levkova’s portraits are a tribute to the Old Masters, employing framing and lighting techniques that blur the distinction between painting and photography. “In my photos you will find the lonely nest I felt also as a child,” Levkova says. The nest, while lonely, is beautiful too.