Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Talking to: Michael Winkler from MicWinc

MicWinc who, you ask? Sixteen year old Austrian style blogger and photographer and cool t-shirt maker extraordinaire. He's been taking photos since he was knee high to a blade of grass and since his Facebook page in 2011 became even more popular which led to the creation of MicWinc in November, 2012. I was actually really excited to get to interview Michael, not only because he's a talented photographer but it's really great to see more people my age taking hold of their lives and just doing it for themselves.

Your photography is obviously a very important part of your blog. What got you into it?
I've started taking photos as a very young boy with my parent's camera, and I really fell for doing it. Since then I've grown my experience and specialised in portrait and fashion photography.
Michael's portrait photography
His portfolio is here.
Was there anyone who helped you get where you are today? And which photographers inspire you?
Of course there were many people. My first shooting with Laura Jurcevic in Kufstein was the beginning of my portrait photography.
There's one very special photographer, Christoph Schaller from Munich, who's in my eyes one of the greatest photographers in this sector. He inspires me a lot. Tumblr is a great source of inspiration too.
Do you have any advice for aspiring photographers?
Get your camera, get your friends together, go outside and take pictures, pictures, pictures! You can't learn taking good photos from a book, you have to learn it by doing and living it.
Besides taking photos, what else do you like to do?
I love to travel, especially big cities, and of course I love to party with my friends!
If you could have dinner with any of the biggest names in fashion, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
That might be Karl Lagerfeld - he's a really brilliant guy with a very good sense for classic style.
Who are your favourite fashion bloggers?
My favourite fashion bloggers are MarkyMarc (he's not the type of blogger that writes about new styles etc., but he's a great fashion icon with very interesting style), Christoph Schaller, Scott Schumann and a few more - Kanye West is a big fashion inspiration to me, just as Hip Hop clothing itself has bearing on my style.
What is the fashion and photography scene like in Austria?
Austria is a very shy country on that score. Big cities definitely have a lot of well-dressed people, but these guys are very shy to try new and fresh things. When it comes to photography, Austria has a few really good photographers like Manfred Baumann or Andreas H. Bitesnich.
Would you say it’s a lot easier to be 'stylish' as a man or a woman?
Of course there are a lot more clothing shops for women, but being well-dressed and stylish does not depend on your gender.
Are there any specific rules you think men should abide by in terms of their dress?
Everyone should find his own way he dresses. Clothes can make you individual, no one should abide by some rules.
Name five items you never leave your house without and why.
My camera, my iPhone - to stay in contact and take quick pictures of things I should remember, my keys, money, matching clothes.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received and whom from?
"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." - this is the most inspirational quote I know, it's from Apple's Think Different advertisement. 

All images are from micwinc.
Check out Michael's Facebook, Lookbook and Instagram.

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