We had the good fortune of connecting with Mary Calder and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mary, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Pain is the main source of my success. Yes, drive matters and so does creativity but none of that matters when you feel the walls caving in around you. The core of every individual starts with accepting trauma you’ve experienced and using that knowledge to make you a better person. Without pain there is a naive mindset that will affect the way you make decisions and evaluate experiences. Pain brings strength and I am proud of what I have learned along the way.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I put myself in the bracket of a fine art/editorial photographer. My work is very different depending on the concept I’m looking to achieve. I use digital photography for my editorial work to show my fashion background and for the “quality” of the images. My fine art passion is my 35mm film work which is timeless and beautiful to me. My work is distinguished with the moody/edgy qualities in the photographs. It took so much to reach the point I am at professionally and I’m not even close to being where I will be. Overcoming challenge is always about putting yourself forward and taking constructive criticism every day. My brand is all about capturing moments even when our brains push them aside. Every image I make has a concept/story behind it. Look deeper.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Arguably I am still new to Denver, I have only lived here for a year now. My experiences here are far from where I aim to be. I am an activist for cannabis and the movement of ending prohibition, so we would definitely start with a Puff, Pass and Paint class. The underground music scene is incredible here and supporting local bands is one of my favorite things to do. Food wise, the food trucks out here are impeccable and I love supporting them.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
One of the most inspiring moments of my life was when I finished The Power of Now: by Eckhardt Tolle. This book brought me back to reality through a time that I was losing myself. It is the only book to this day that I read multiple times, especially when times are tough. The people who affected me negatively have taught me more than they even know. It is the people that hurt you that impact how you handle situations. My parents are also the reason I am who I am today. They chose to adopt me rather than a forced responsibility and I will always admire that. Also so much love for my partner, Jacob, who has been a rock and support system I didn’t even know I needed.
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