about

Self Portrait of Mark on Film

about

photography⁝writing⁝web development

striving to perceive things as they are through the expressions of art, story, and wisdom.

why the key?

the key symbol is a nod to the chaves family name. the chaves' were the keepers of the keys. i also have a keychain in the form of an old school key. the blade part of this keychain is the letter ‘m’. i still use this keychain today—it was a gift from my mother when i was very young.

i’m originally from the philippines, but i grew up in northeastern ohio of the us. i am a freelance photographer, writer, and web developer based in bali, indonesia. i contribute to news, wellness, travel, and photography agencies. my photography has been exhibited in bali, europe, and the us. before morphing into a freelancer, i slung code and managed web teams for fortune 500 companies.

my favourite meditations are a good book with a cappuccino, feeding stray cats and dogs, and wishing to be a rock star in my next life. i would be very disappointed if you were in bali and didn’t meet me for a coffee.

self portrait in Bhutan - mark l chaves