We had the good fortune of connecting with Sulaiman Enayatzada and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sulaiman, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
Happiness and it’s causes evolve over time. I used to believe it was static and constant, but as I got older I noticed that what once sparked joy will later becomes monotonous.
“Why is that?” I would wonder
I would jump from career to career, believing that I would magically land on my dream pathway. But this was a fantasy, and the reality was that the answers were within me all along.
I am a people’s person and I love to create. So to marry these 2 is what would lead to my ultimate happiness.
Photography has allowed me to do both whilst also make a living.
I’m forever grateful for photography and all it’s allowed me to do.
So my words of encouragement for those looking to find what makes them happy is to look within and to cater to your personality.
I enjoy people and creating, what do you enjoy?
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is a direct result of introspection and honest expression of what I observe. My role as a creative is to rid of the road blocks in the way of the creative process.
I must put aside all doubts, pre-conceived notions etc. and simply allow the ideas to flow through me.
If they work, they work and if they don’t then I will have learnt something.
I’m proud of a photobook I’m working on that aims to explore Afghani identity in the West. This is very near and dear to my heart, but I feel that any person who has been raised between an Eastern and Western culture will understand this struggle.
I want my work to resonate with people where possible and to invoke a certain feeling to the viewer. After all, whilst we may create for ourselves, we overwhelmingly create for others also.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If a friend was visiting me in Melbourne, I would take them to alot of cafes to start as we have a world renowned coffee culture.
– Seven Seeds Coffee
– Brother Baba Budan
– Manchester Press
I would then take them to the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) followed by a walk through the Botanical Gardens.
Following on from that we would grab some dinner at Palermo, get some Gelato from Picolina, then vibe out at Section 8 for some live DJing and dancing.
The morning after we’d grab some bagels from Mile End Bagels, before taking a drive down to Wilsons Promontory National Park. A natural wonderland along the southeast peninsula of Melbourne, where my mate would experience some of the best mountains and wildlife Victoria has to offer.
We’d rest our bones there overnight. The next day I’d take them to Mount Martha for some beachside living. Some time down the Mornington Peninsula is good for the soul.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to my parents who migrated from wartorn Afghanistan in the late 90s to give my family and I a better future. I’m forever grateful of their sacrifice and for encouraging me to work hard and be an honest person.