We had the good fortune of connecting with Carl Glenn Payne and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carl Glenn, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I grew up in Jacksonville, NC, near a Marine base that my dad was stationed at. Because of the military presence, it was the most diverse place I’ve ever lived. I followed in my father’s footsteps and joined the Marine Corps after finishing high school and served as a combat photographer. My role of documenting military operations impacted me by showing me how important visual documentation can be for sharing stories from war zones to telling stories in local communities.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My work is centered around visual storytelling and social documentary. I’m most proud when I make an image that tells a story with a unique perspective. Today I’m currently freelancing for a few different publications in Colorado. The journey to this point has been a lot of learning as you go, it’s different than just doing photography. You have to be able to manage yourself, set deadlines, and run your business as well as stay open to different creative situations and opportunities.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When friends come to visit I like to take them out to experience some of the authentic places in Denver. Swift’s breakfast house off of Santa Fe is a great lowkey spot, not many tables and it has an old diner charm. Doing a walking tour of the downtown area going from Union Station towards Colfax hitting up spots in between.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
After honorably ending my service in the military, I wasn’t sure about the direction to take going forward. I tried multiple jobs and eventually decided to go to school at MSU Denver. During my freshman year, I met photojournalism professor Kenn Bisio and he inspired me to pursue photography as more than a hobby.