We had the good fortune of connecting with Almasi Maluki and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Almasi, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I have been passionate about the arts for as long as I could remember. Music, Fashion, Photography, Visual and Graphic Arts, etc always seemed to amaze me. The expression and freedom encouraged and allowed in the arts are what makes it so appealing. I would like to work in a career where I absolutely love my job, do what I love, and love what I do, and no better place than in a career pathway that I have always been passionate about.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My photography is literally like my child lol. I am extremely passionate about my work. When it comes to my pictures, the composition, and tones of the picture are of higher hierarchy than the subject. I do so in order to create a feel and tell a story, and that is why I generally prefer to work outdoors as the surroundings provide a real live set. Consistency and believing in my work are what got me to where I am today. I am still early in my journey and I’m very excited to see what the future holds for my career. It is challenging working in what is mainly considered a man’s profession, especially as a woman of color, but that will never stop me from reaching my goals as my work speaks for itself.
Patience is a virtue I have learned during my journey, not only while editing but in career growth as well.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ah, this is a challenging yet fun question. Sunday – Lunch or Dinner at Fogo de Chao
Monday – Walk around Little Five Points, to view the art and later go to the High Museum of Art
Tuesday – Taco Tuesday at Sivas Tavern in Kennesaw
Wednesday – Picnic, and Hike at Roswell Mill
Thursday – Walk around and tour the midtown scenery, eateries, and bars in East Atlanta Village
Friday – Party at Luv2 Lounge (Buford Highway)
Saturday – Visit the Beltline for a walk/bike ride and Ponce City Market for food
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to shout out my mum, who has been extremely supportive of my creative pathway, having someone who believes in you, even when you find it difficult to do so is always important, it’s extremely wonderful when that person is family. I would also like to shout out the Black Women Photographers Community founded by Polly Irungu. Their program, spotlight features, webinars are absolutely helpful and offer direction for young photographers such as myself while showcasing art by amazing Black Women Photographers.
Instagram: masithecreator (photography page) / almasimaluki (personal page)
Linkedin: Almasi Gathoni