Name: Leon Vignjevic
Current Location: Koprivnica-Zagreb
Years riding: 6
Sponsors: EliteBMX / Quik16
-Facebook page: Leon Vignjevic
Tell us something about yourself in a few words.
Hi my name is Leon, I’m 19 years old and I ride flatland bmx.
Your opinion on the extreme scene in Croatia? What would help it and what is missing?
Lacks serious sponsors and investment in the development of parks, competitions and drivers. We have a lot of talented riders and athletes who could make it into the world scene, but sadly, that kind of talent and athletes don’t get a chance in Croatia.
Action sport photography and videography, is it important on the scene today as it was in the past?
Well any form of media is a big thing nowadays, many companies spend a lot of their budget for media projects, so I think it’s definitely important for every athlete to express their skills and knowledge through photos or videos. The digital world itself is so developed and more and more people can show their creativity so pictures or videos of some extreme athletes are pure art and amazing to watch.
What is important on an action photo, which elements it needs to have that will make you say “I’d like to hang that on the wall in my bathroom!” ?
I understand the basics of photography because I learned about it in school so I can give you an answer to that. Certainly it is important that the rider and photographer realise what they want to achieve on the final image. As for me and flatland, I think that long exposures, combination with architecture and playing with light/shadows fits the most.
Road trip you will never forget and why?
Definitely the trip to Slovakia for a contest along with my sponsor EliteBMX, where I won first place. The next day I enjoyed a tour of the Old Lubovna and the surrounding mountains. After that, I spent a few days driving around and having fun with my teammates from EliteBMX.
Do you have any unique mods or parts of your bike?
Well I build it from the frame up so it’s unique on that side, but all parts are stock and I don’t have any mods. Keep it simple.
As one of the few flatland riders in Croatia, what are your goals for the future?
My goal is simple, succeed and live in the bmx world. We’ll see what time will bring me.
Items that you carry in your pockets and backpack every day?
Tools, personal items, an iPod with headphones, riding shoes, leg protection, clean shirt and I’ve started to carry spare inner tubes, I get flats a lot lately.
What goes through your head when you’re doing your combination?
I mostly concentrate on the trick and feel the flow, the same thing that I do when I learn tricks.
I know for a fact that you’re camera shy. Any story behind that?
I just don’t see myself as a photogenic person and I don’t like to see myself in pictures, but when I ride I don’t think about how I look, I just concentrate on the trick and let the photographer/videographer do their thing. Only when I ride the camera “shyness” disappears.
What’s the next project you’ll work on?
My plans are big, you could say very big! But I don’t want to talk about it yet, you’ll find out soon .. 2014 should be good year for my flatland career and 2015 for competition. My hopes go to that and I sincerely look forward to it, but it certainly won’t be easy to accomplish.
Last question. Any last words for the readers?
Follow your dreams! If you are still in school and honestly don’t know what to do in life, just listen to your thoughts. Show people the real you and be yourself, you’ll do that the best!
I’d like to thank my sponsors Quik16 and EliteBMX for support and you for making a good job.
Oh yeah and #ijustgotframed !
I’d like to thank Leon for being the ice breaker for this project, I guess I own him one since I couldn’t help him with his last edit. I wish you all a great new year and stay tuned for more FRAMED interviews, this is only the beginning!