So we discovered this 16-year-old young man on the interweb one day and boy is he talented! Mikko Puttonen (@PicturePuttonen) from Petäjävesi, a small village in Finland surrounded by forests and lakes, is no stranger to the camera or the closet.
Now his photography is definitely Starved Approved, but he also has a great sense of style and a heart full of ambition to top it off!
Love him already?? Well lucky for you, we decided to showcase his photos as well as his enthusiastic personality so knock yourself out!
When did you begin to take photos?
Art has always been a part of my life. I was in art school when I was little and I loved to draw and paint. I discovered photography later and I realized it was the best way to me to express myself. I bought my first systems camera when I was 14 years old. I started by photographing nature. One year ago, when I started with my blog, I started to focus on portrait shooting. I found my own style in photo-shooting people.
How would you describe your style of photography?
Fashion and fantasy photos have had an effect on my photography. The rest is Mikko-style. I don’t think it belongs to any category.
Do you wish to pursue photography as a career or is it just a passion?
I would really like to become a professional photographer. But I won’t lose my passion! Passion creates successful photographers.
Lara Jade has inspired me the most! She could take a wonderful picture even of a potato. But my new favorite is Brooke Shaden. Her pictures are filled with different emotions, they make me speechless every time. Most of all I like her gloomy pictures. I can’t stop staring at them, jealous.
What type of camera do you shoot with?
I shoot with canon 5D mark II with canon 85mm 1.8 and sigma 50mm 1.4 lenses. Sometimes I use Holga and Lubitel 2 film cameras as well
Your style is amazing, where does your inspiration come from?
Thank you! I like to try new things in photography and clothing. When I buy clothes I don’t think about the brand. I think about my own opinion of the piece of clothing and how would I look wearing it. I don’t believe in trends. I wear clothes that I like and feel comfortable wearing. Lookbook.nu inspires me a lot especially now that I’m a member and spend a lot of time there. But I don’t think you can achieve a personal style by copying other’s outfits. It needs to come from within.
If you could work with anyone in the world who would it be?
You know I’ve been waiting for a message from Italian Vogue’s editor… Just kidding. It would be my huge dream, though! Some day I’d love to shoot Lady Gaga, Lindsey Wixson and Tilda Swinton, for example. My dream job would be shooting editorial fashion photos for famous magazines, like Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. One of my dreams would be shooting in American’s Next Top Model, too! My goals are pretty ambitious but hey, you can always dream right?
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