Justin Vozzo is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has a few short days left before graduating from college and moving on from college life.
Justin has been a member of VAMP; Vintage Analog Manual Photography, since he was a freshman at the UofI. After taking a couple of photography classes in high school, he joined the group when he came on campus.
Vozzo said that he was exploring photography as a hobby, and was trying to decide between digital and film. His focus solidified to analog when he came to Urbana.
“What I prefer about film is that it you need to take your time and shoot in small quantities. Sometimes I only take a photo or two when I am out” Vozzo said.
Vozzo had an interesting upbringing, growing up with a father in the Army. While growing up in Europe he noticed how differently environmental sustainability practices were approached in other countries. This lead Vozzo towards majoring in Environmental Science at the UofI. His photographic subjects and his major go hand in hand, as Vozzo prefers to shoot nature and landscapes.
Once he leaves the UofI, his first post college career move will be as an ecological monitoring technician performing plant surveys for a scientific research company in Boulder, Colorado. He will be taking his analog gear along, hopefully with room for a small darkroom, to document landscapes while working in the field.
Although he started with a Canon AE1 as his film camera of choice, Vozzo moved over to Nikon after picking up Nikon F body. He has since added a Nikon F2 to his lineup and recently purchased a medium format Mamiya RB67. His fun pocket camera is the ever popular Olympus Stylus, a favorite of many professional film photographers.
A long term project Vozzo has planned is to show how change is impacting landscapes. He also hopes to use photography as tool, explaining that “people become sentimentally attached to the land around them, and photographs can be used as a tool to come up with solution to the problem.”
“I’d like to put more work into it, use my downtime for more fine art printing and make more fine art pieces. The Mamiya allows me to focus on quality in my work. I’ll be able to document the change in landscapes from an anthropogenic impact on the natural cycle of the environment.”
If you would like to see more of Vozzo’s work, please visit www.justvozo.com