By day, Philip Vignola Jr. works in technology at Research Triangle Park. In his spare time, he likes to roam the streets of downtown Durham and showcase the city’s history and beauty.
"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.
Note: This is the fourth installment in an occasional series profiling North Carolina photographers.