Michaela Skovranova

About Michaela Skovranova

Michaela Skovranova is a Sydney-based filmmaker, photographer and director. Michaela has produced various projects applying her distinctive style both above and below the surface. Her commissions include photography assignments for the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/12/science/studying-sharks-social-lives-to-expose-their-friendly-side.html?_r=0 , documentary filmmaking for a landmark documentary Keeping Australia Alive for ABC http://www.abc.net.au/tv/programs/keeping-australia-alive/ and creating content for brands such as Ginja Swimwear, Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation, and Olympus Imaging Australia. Alongside commissioned projects, Michaela continues to explore her vision through her personal work and is also conducting photography and video workshops in Australia and overseas. Her upcoming projects will take her to Tonga to film a short documentary on free diving with humpback whales. You can find Michaela's personal work on her Instagram page mishkusk.

Know Who You’re Instagramming: @mishkusk

Approx Reading Time-10We are rightly chuffed to be showcasing one of our favourites, the supremely talented, @mishkusk.


Your Instagram pics are fabulous. If, for whatever reason, you could only save three, which three would you save?

I would save these three. They were captured during a special moment in my life and I feel a strong personal connection to them. The images were captured in three completely different parts of the world (swans in Slovakia; horse in Australia; whale in Tonga), however they were created with the same emotional connection.
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Can you please tell our readers a little bit about yourself and how your Instagram @mishkusk came to be?

I am a Sydney-based photographer and filmmaker and I enjoy self-documentary work. My work explores wildlife and nature experiences which feel incredibly familiar upon reflection of my own personal experiences. I enjoy exploring those connections. My Instagram started in 2012 and it is a visual diary. The images often reflect my state of mind or a personal experience and are intertwined with various life experiences. I love seeing how my work has changed over the years but also which themes I revisit year after year.


What do you think is the main driver to people coming to your Instagram daily and following you?

A lot of the images I like to share have a dream-like quality to me. It’s often the world I love to escape to. Perhaps that is what other people connect to too. I hope that people find their own connection to my work and find their own stories within the work too.


What is the main story you like to tell through your images?

My personal story and my dream life that spills into my work.


What is the worst way for someone to try and get your attention on Instagram, and what is the best way?

The best way is to be as genuine as possible. That is the best way to connect with people that will ultimately be on the same wavelength as you are. I love it when people contact me and continue on establishing relationships away from the online world. The worst way would be not letting a conversation develop naturally. The online world can feel very intimate sometimes and I think it’s important to let connections and friendships develop as organically as possible.

Never force anything and when the connection is meant to happen it will.



View more of @mishkusk’s work at her website: www.mishku.com.au


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