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Michael Vujovich

Mike is an Illinois guy, born in Springfield, raised in Harvard and Petersburg, working in Peoria and now a new homeowner in Washington. He first pick up a camera around the age of eight, “a little rinky dink camera that I carried around in a purple fanny pack… and I still have it!”


Fast forward to the college years. Mike got to use a digital camera while studying photojournalism with Peoria Journal Star photo editor, Fred Zwicky, at his alma mater, Bradley University. It took him a while to save the money, but he’s a dedicated Nikon owner now.


Around five years ago, Mike decided to take his photography to the next level and turn it into a professional career. “At first, it was just about anything that came my way, but now I’ve found my niche. Fine art landscapes, especially urban and rural ‘abandoned’ objects, and portraits are my passion.”


Those may seem quite different but Mike sees the same elements of composition: line, color and emotion. Yes, emotion in a landscape. “There are rarely people present in a landscape, almost desolation, abandonment. The lack of the human element, to me, IS the story.”


Mike is well aware how a portrait is such a personal thing, not just about angles and lights. “You need to put your subject at ease, find out how they see themselves. It’s collaborative. It’s interactive. I try to connect to find out who you are and capture that image. I’m always open to new ideas, too: let’s try this, let’s try that.”


As you’ll see in his gallery, concert photography is another one of Mike’s favorite niches. “Being a musician myself definitely is an advantage. I picked up a bass guitar in high school and the acoustic/electric in college. I practiced until my fingers throbbed and then I practiced some more! I enjoy singing and songwriting to this day, and of course, traveling with bands is always an amazing experience.”


Around five years ago, Mike decided to take his photography to the next level and turn it into a professional career. “At first, it was just about anything that came my way, but now I’ve found my niche. Fine art landscapes, especially urban and rural ‘abandoned’ objects, and portraits are my passion.”


Those may seem quite different but Mike sees the same elements of composition: line, color and emotion. Yes, emotion in a landscape. “There are rarely people present in a landscape, almost desolation, abandonment. The lack of the human element, to me, IS the story.”


Mike is well aware how a portrait is such a personal thing, not just about angles and lights. “You need to put your subject at ease, find out how they see themselves. It’s collaborative. It’s interactive. I try to connect to find out who you are and capture that image. I’m always open to new ideas, too: let’s try this, let’s try that.”


As you’ll see in his gallery, concert photography is another one of Mike’s favorite niches. “Being a musician myself definitely is an advantage. I picked up a bass guitar in high school and the acoustic/electric in college. I practiced until my fingers throbbed and then I practiced some more! I enjoy singing and songwriting to this day, and of course, traveling with bands is always an amazing experience.”

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