Plato is known to have said, “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”. To see the world through someone else’s lens can give you a whole new perspective on life and its many aspects. Talented photographers seem to have a special ability to open such doors and opportunites, capturing precious moments and unlocking mysterious places one photo at a time. This month we speak to the dynamic trio, Enum, Jash and Zane Malik of Popcorn Studios who share their passion for travel, coffee and of course photography!
1. Tell us about yourself (name, location, affiliations, your story)!
We’re a team of three, Jash, Enum and Zane, and we run Popcorn Studios, a photo and cinema studio based out of the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). A little background on each of us, Jash is the artist of the team. He used to be a visual illustrator back in high school. Enum has a background in media studies and manages the business side. Zane, he’s the Protégé! He does all the graphic design, website stuff and is general IT guy. We share a love of coffee, fashion and travel!
2. What inspired you to enter the field you work in?
We always saw ourselves working in the creative industry. Travel is such a huge part of our lives that working for ourselves meant making our own hours, taking on assignments/gigs if and when we pleased and having time to travel! Photography had been a passion of ours for a little while so we started taking photos during our travels and eventually found ourselves documenting weddings and portraits.
3. How does your faith influence your work?
Faith has mostly influenced our travel work. We’ve travelled to a few Muslim countries and fell in love with the Islamic art and architecture. When it comes to weddings, I wouldn’t say it influences our work per sé, but Muslims love to get married so we do have the honour of documenting many Nikkah (wedding) ceremonies.
4. What was the best gift you ever received and why?
It sounds cheesy, but the gift of travel. The people you meet, the stories you hear, the experiences, no physical/material gift can compare.
5. What would you like to see on Muslim Gift Guide?
Our travel prints! Over the years we’ve photographed some beautiful mosques and people. It would be awesome to share those with people who appreciate art/photography. They make for great home décor and general gifts :p
6. What does it mean to be an entrepreneur?
To do what you love, but do it good! To constantly challenge yourself and keep working towards your dreams.
8. Where can you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
We hope to do more travelling, documenting our travels. Perhaps even move to a Muslim Country for a little while. We’re thinking somewhere in the Far East or Turkey.
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