Michael Winters Interview – 50 States (New Hampshire)

Michael Winters – “I’ve also found inspiration in the forests and the rocky shorelines of New Hampshire.”

This week Creative Chair is in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where we’re talking to photographer Michael Winters.

Michael collaborates with his makeup and fashion contacts and has produced a series of projects which demonstrate a clear passion for his craft.

We caught up with him to find out more for the 27th instalment of our 50 States series. You can see a lot more work from Michael Winters on his website and Behance.

Lily

Tell us a little bit more about yourself and what you do

Photography started as a hobby a little over ten years ago, and I came to it (or it came to me) relatively late in life, in my mid 40’s. It has filled a creative void in my life that my “real job “ (as a high school counsellor) just can’t.

I didn’t go to art school, and I’ve never taken a photography class… it’s the classic “self-taught” scenario and to be honest I still feel like I don’t know what the hell I’m doing most of the time, but I do know it feels good.

“There is something supremely satisfying working on a project with talented folks when no money is involved”

Flower Crown

The last five years or so I’ve been finding that the process is much more satisfying than the final product in part because I have a number of really talented friends (seamstresses, vintage clothing dealers, hairdressers and make-up artists) who love to get together and collaborate on projects as a purely creative endeavour.

There is something supremely satisfying working on a project with talented folks when no money is involved. Everybody gets to experiment and hone their craft

“ I always tell people I do photography because it’s fun. It’s pretty much that simple”

Double Exposure

In short, it’s a pursuit that provides me with a great deal of joy and personal satisfaction to the extent that if I don’t shoot for an extended period of time, I feel a tangible void, one that’s almost physical in nature.

It’s weird but true. I always tell people I do photography because it’s fun. It’s pretty much that simple.

Sajin Ka

How has your state influenced the work that you do?

That’s a good question; I’ve never really thought about it! There is something about the beautifully gloomy winter months that appeal to me visually (I’ve never been much of a sun worshipper). I’ve also found inspiration in the forests and the rocky shorelines of New Hampshire and southern Maine.

The Car Wash - New Hampshire

There is a great variation of scenery here throughout the seasons, so it’s rarely a struggle to come up with a new concept or location. The winter is also a useful time to dive into shooting in studio…because let’s face it…no one wants to be outside when the wind chill is 20 below zero.

If I were strictly a landscape photographer, I think my answer would probably be a little different.

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The 114th 366 Award goes to Michael Winters for their outstanding creative work.
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The Movie Star

Of your own work, what is your favourite project and why?

Good lord…I don’t know if I have one. In a way, they’re all favorites simply because of the individual circumstances under which they were created. In another way, I hate them all because I always find myself second guessing what I did or didn’t do…. I won’t totally cop out on your question though!

I do like “It’s a Gas”, which happened at the end of an entirely different shoot after I remembered I had a gas mask in my car….don’t ask….

It was one of those weird unplanned things that just happened, and it was a lot of fun.

Its a Gas - Michael Winters

And finally, if you died and got reincarnated as a song, what would that song be?

“Ladies and Gentleman we are Floating in Space” by Spiritualized ( best listened to with a good pair of headphones)

Ladies and Gentlemen we are Floating in Space"
Ladies and Gentlemen we are Floating in Space (1997)
Spiritualized
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What began as a fun question to end an interview, has now become a wonderfully eclectic playlist featuring 156 songs and counting.

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