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Today we’d like to introduce you to Marvee Santos.

Marvee, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
The story behind my passion for photography is based on expression. I’ve been taking photos since 2007 but generally, I am someone that has had depression for as long as I could remember. I come from a Filipino family where talking about sensitive topics was dismissed as “you shouldn’t feel that way.” Being passive aggressive or bottling up what I had in me never worked to deal with what I was going through. It was only when I started taking photos did I find a healthy outlet to express what I was going through.

I started off with a camera phone with taking pictures of my high school landscape. I gradually moved towards Polaroid film, digital cameras and now DSLR cameras. Landscape, fine and fashion photography are my niche as those categories really help express more of myself. In short, photography gave me the chance to not suffer with my depression but to live with it. And to reassure myself that I, too, deserve to be happy.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My main form of art is photography. When I have the spare time, I draw. Both of which are outlets for me to express how I’m feeling. The deeper the context of the photo shows how complicated my feelings are. The more detailed my drawings are, it reflects how sad I truly am. I typically take Polaroid and digital photos, edit as I see fit and I draw with pencil and never color.

The inspiration/message behind my art is actually the lack thereof when words are spoken about having bad feelings. I’m what you call a millennial and growing up during that time meant that when you communicated your bad feelings, it meant you were just whining or complaining. Naturally, people respond more to visuals so I sincerely hope that what people can take away from my art is that bad feelings are real, people do need help and it doesn’t hurt to perpetuate selfless love to those who need it.

What anyone should know about my artwork is that it also represents the different aspects that people imagine, think of, or want in their life. No one is just a one thing. I am not just a photographer, I am a mother, I am a dog lover, I am a foodie, I am a lover of nature, adventure, fashion and serenity. Embracing all the things in life that make us who we are.

What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
My advice is to focus on you and your art. Drown out the naysayers and bad energy. If anything, use what bad words and vibes and create it into something of yours. At the end of the day, you either ignore it or make something of it, either way you win.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I do have my Instagram @cpaturedbymarvee and my portfolio website at www.capturedbymarvee.com.
I recently tried to get on to Facebook but alas, my account was disabled, haha. People can support my work in any means that they’d like just so long as I am credited for it.

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