We had the good fortune of connecting with Sharon Mendoza and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sharon, what makes you happy? Why?
Personally, anything can make me happy. Sunny days, Thursday because there’s always new music being released that night, fun afternoons with my friends. During the pandemic, I realized what makes me the happiest & keeps me going is photography. I broke my camera a month after the pandemic began, and I lost the little motivation I had. I lost out on a few important opportunities because of the virus, and once my camera broke, I didn’t feel like doing anything but being home. Photography has always kept me busy & feeling creative, it’s more than a job/hobby for me, it‘s what makes me feel at peace, knowing I’m creating art I like & others hopefully will too.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Photography hasn’t been easy, at all. I’m a perfectionists & criticize my work every single day, it’s worse when I’m working on editing pictures. Only because I want what I show the world to be the best. One thing I’ve learned is to ALWAYS work with what you have. You don’t need an expensive camera to get good pictures. I think that’s something a lot of people still need to realize, the camera takes the pictures but it’s the person behind the camera that has the talent. I love sports & combining that with photography has been amazing. This year I wasn’t able to do much of that, but I’m extremely happy & proud that there’s people out there that believe in my talent enough to give me the opportunity to be able to one day, shoot for their team.
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?
One of my absolute favorite places in Denver is The Ramble Hotel. Because of the ‘Wish You Were Here’ sign, by Scott Young. I’ve seen it so many times, but it always makes me feel some sort of way, a good way. It’s located in RiNo, it has so many good spots for pictures & art! The ice cream place inside the Denver Central Market is tasty!! It’s such a cute place, especially now that they’ve added outdoor seating. Union station is a classic, a must see. It’s a beautiful building, with good views all around. You can be outside or inside & get a good picture. The State Capitol is also on my top list, I love going to the ‘One Mile Above Sea Level’ step, if you haven’t been there, have you really been to Denver? Any gallery by Scott Young is a must too! His work is amazing, I first heard of him when he had the Wish You Were Here sign on top of the MCA (an interesting museum, with good views & art) & ever since then, he’s been my favorite artist in Denver. Ian’s pizza, near Coors Field is my favorite! Shake Shack is so simple, but so good! It’s in RiNo, which is always good after looking at all the walls filled with art.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d dedicate this & everything else to my mom. She’s always been supportive of everything I do with photography, especially encouraging me to take certain risks, because I’ll be afraid of failing or being told no. Also, my best friend for supporting everything I do, even showing up to galleries, and buying my pictures.