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Art & Life with Marilyn Espitia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marilyn Espitia.

Marilyn, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I migrated to the desert A.K.A Victorville at the young age of 11; which now is apparently the “hip spot” to be at, everyone vacations now in Joshua tree, or enjoys the desert, for me it’s overrated; But it is where I discovered that I wanted to pursue photography. I moved to Los Angeles 1 month after graduation, enrolled in an art school and graduated. Now here I am, still doing what I love and being the modern starving artist trying to stand out in a crowd where everyone wants to stand out. I take my craft very seriously and love coming up with concepts and whimsical scenarios in which I can apply in my photographs.

I find myself wandering around and exploring new places and people. An overall artist. I don’t provide content, I provide a story through my artwork. I play with the sun through my lens and work with what mother nature gives me. All-natural light, capturing beautiful imperfections, soft beauty with a dreamy twist, among creating little videos to take you on a hazy different state of mind.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My art is all natural. What I mean by that is, I don’t use any artificial light, I enjoy capturing perfect imperfections and messing whatever is given to me.

I photograph fashion, I always try and step it up and come up with a concept that hasn’t been done, or if it has been done I twist it and make it my own. I look for inspiration in many outlets. I read a lot so I get a bunch of inspiration from novels, but I am also a huge daydreamer so I create scenarios in my head and try to recreate them through my work. I shoot film as well, which I enjoy way more. I have gathered a pretty collection so far of film cameras.

I hope that when people view my photographs it takes them to a dreamy place or it makes them feel some type of way, even if it’s bad, I know I’ve done something to capture that person’s attention and that’s good enough for me. If my work doesn’t answer any of their questions then I hope it raises the questions.
I want to keep them interested. My work is always evolving, just like I am. I am not the same person I was when I was 19, which means my work isn’t going to be either.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
For me personally, I think once someone hires me to do an art piece for someone or something or my artwork being shown in a gallery. What would make me feel that I really did finally make it is getting hired for Vogue to shoot a cover. LOL.

People get lost in other people’s success and by what, I mean by that is, they start copying a certain style of someone because they see that, that person is getting hired more than them. It’s definitely a rough industry especially now that everyone and their grandma is a photographer. People have to find what makes them unique and stand out and stick to their own style because sooner or later someone’s going to hire you because you are not like everyone else.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I don’t like the concept of Instagram, which is, if you have a lot of followers then you must be really good. Which is not totally true, I’ve come across many true artists who display their artwork and share it on social media and it doesn’t get the attention it deserves. But also, I am on Instagram if you would like to reach me there. LOL. I like to work with different artist and collaborate and see what kind of magic we can create together. People can go to my website and view all of my work including some videos. I have started getting into film more.

Also, just spreading the good word and letting people know that there is a photographer/artist out there that is trying to break out of the typical photography you see out there. I am my own person and I hope that my work says that. My mood changes and so does my work. It’s definitely not cohesive but it shows I can do it all.

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Image Credit:
Photographer: Marilyn Espitia Photography
MUA: Delia Parga

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