Marc Santiago started taking pictures the way most people do, on vacation. For a long time it was just a way to capture those memories, but a trio of discoveries gave him the motivation to look at photography in a different light. In 2014 he finally found a camera powerful enough to take high quality pictures (yet small enough to bring anywhere), a community on Instagram that shared his love of photography, and Lightroom to clarify his vision. Inspired, he leveraged his familiarity with the city as a native New Yorker to capture well known landmarks from surprising angles and new perspectives.
With a background in Psychology, Marc spent over a decade working with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Although he enjoyed this work, he eventually decided to follow his passion and fully direct his attention to photography. Over the years Marc has developed a style that presents a sometimes cold city in warm tones. He describes his work as mostly cityscape and street, but he is still drawn to travel and nature. He continues to take those vacation pictures, having visited most of the United States; however, for him there is nothing like capturing the city he loves and calls home.
Marc's work is published in Trope New York, the fifth volume in the Trope City Editions series, that celebrates the architecture and urban landscapes of the “city that never sleeps,” one of the world’s cultural capitals.