Bruna Stude was born and raised in the port town of Split on the Dalmatian Coast in the 1960s, and she was given her first 35 mm camera at age of ten. After graduating from the Law University in Split, and working for several years as a reporter, she left Croatia in 1987 to pursue a life at sea.
Stude soon found that photography gave her a new identity as a participant in the life and rhythms of the sea. She also discovered the techniques to express her creative sense and impulses.
As a freelance artist and photographer for Omni Photo Communications, New York, Stude circumnavigated the globe many times, often pausing for months in remote areas, accessible only by water. These voyages enabled her to explore the ocean as a photographic subject. In 2002, she found her home on the island of Kauai in Hawaii, where the songs of whales fill the ocean in winter.
Stude’s work can be found in public and private collections in Europe, Asia and the United States. She has also shown in solo and group exhibitions in Paris and throughout the USA, including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Hawaii and Sarasota.