"Photography is just a passion of mine," said Vignola, 46, a New Hampshire native who lives in Durham. "I love photographing in downtown in a city. There is just something about the beauty of both the buildings and the people in a downtown setting."
Vignola says he's had an interest in photography for as long as he could remember. About two years ago, he started to become more serious about his hobby, and he still considers himself an enthusiast trying to hone and grow his skills.
"Photography has opened my eyes to many things I have overlooked in the past, especially the smaller things in life," he said.
Vignola draws his photographic inspiration mostly from nature and architecture and says he is inspired by beauty from what many would consider "gross or icky" — everything from the daddy long-leg spider to the classic beauty of a sunset.
"I also love getting shots of the many birds here in Durham from my backyard," he said.
Elizabeth “Liz” Baier is WUNC’s Digital News Editor. She joined the station in May 2016 after eight year of reporting for Minnesota Public Radio News where she covered everything from demographic changes in rural America, agriculture, the environment and health care. Prior to that, Liz worked for six years as a newspaper reporter in South Florida, both at the Miami Herald and South Florida Sun-Sentinel.