As if Darren Espanto isn’t uber talented enough, he shows everyone what else he got: photography skills.
The Total Performer, who swallows the stage whole with his electrifying performances each and every time, also has a knack for photography, something which we - and his gazillions of fans - couldn’t help but gush on whenever we check out his Instagram account. Aside from his cutie patootie portraits of himself (hindi nakakasawang tingnan ang light aura ng batang ito), what would really pop out in his nicely curated feed are the landscape shots and the captivating snaps he takes of his family showbiz friends.
The most recent evidence of the latter are photos featuring his “The Hows of Us” co-stars Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo (also his super crush, ehem, ehem), taken in Amsterdam when they shot a couple of scenes there in early July.
Here’s also one of Arci Munoz that captured all of the sensuality and grace and women empowerment:
And another one of fellow singer Morissette (look at how he brought out the youthfulness and wonder in her eyes):
17-year-old Darren got into photography pretty much early. He tells us during an exclusive chat, “Bata pa lang po ako binigyan na ‘ko ng camera ng parents ko kasi napansin nila na ako palagi ‘yung nagpi-picture sa mga family vacations.”
It didn’t take long for him to really fall in love with the craft, and that pushed him to study - even if all by himself!
“I started to watch photographers who are YouTubers. So I would just binge-watch all of their tutorials. Hindi po ako nag-classes,” he says.
When he got into the local industry (he broke through via “The Voice of the Philippines Kids” Season 1 as runner-up to champ Lyca Gairanod), he met people who shared the same passion and let him in the technical know-how and aesthetics of photography. Darren mentioned seasoned celebrity photographer BJ Pascual, who gave him camera manuals.
“For example Kuya BJ Pascual, ‘yung mga manuals that he learns from as well, binibigay niya rin sa’kin kasi parehas po kami ng camera. So ‘yung manual nung camera na ‘yon, it’s a visual manual po eh so pinapadala niya sa’kin to also help my photos,” he relates.
A talent worth-exploring further, isn’t it? Just look at these landscapes and architecture he took from his US and Canada trips!
Indeed, Darren has a lot more to learn about photography. And when that day comes, will we get to see him hold his own exhibit? Ever modest, Darren responds with a chuckle, “Siguro in the future, if I keep taking nice pictures.”
We don’t have a doubt, D!
Let’s catch Darren in his movie debut, “The Hows of Us,” now showing in cinemas nationwide.
You can buy your movie tickets here: Robinsons Movieworld, SM Cinema, and Sure Seats, and official merchandise at the ABS-CBN Store.
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