We had the good fortune of connecting with Malik Marble and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Malik, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Persistency, the true definition of who I am. For example, I just finished my masters degree in teaching and I finally got my big break with a publication for my film photography. To me, I have to overlap and continuously make it harder for others, it’s my competitive spirit. With that being said, being persistent represents how much I really want the success I’m aiming for. The end goal to me is to accomplish everything that I said I would accomplish. Honestly, we can do anything we want to and be whatever we want to be. However, do you have that initiative?

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My full-time career is actually being an educator. I recently received my Master’s Degree in Teaching. On the other side, I’ve been a film photographer for the past four years. I actually started my junior of undergrad by shooting with a Fuji Instax camera. Throughout the years, trial and error was expected. I decided to start shooting film to help provide an expression of what I was feeling. After a few months of starting, my Instagram page started to get much traction. After realizing that people were really digging my work, it gave me the initiative to take it more serious. The film community is mad big in which you’ll meet a lot of photographers that really are similar to you. The biggest challenge, how can I stand out ? It’s still an ongoing process. The photographers that I’ve met in the past few years, we’ve became pretty close. We’ve worked on concepts together and I’ve received some great opportunities that I still can’t believe I was apart of. I want the world to know that you can do anything. I want the black youth to know, they can do anything. I want people to know that my story was about somebody who actually cared about this profession of art. Within film photography, I’ve learned how to understand it. I shoot film, I develop it, and I scan it. I feel like if you want to leave a legacy, you have to go all out, no retreat.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
So I was raised in Chicago, so I’ll give you the scoop if we was there. Around 7 am, a two to three mile jog around the south side to get the body and mind ready for the day. After finishing and showering, so about 9am, I’d offer the homie a ride to find them some breakfast. They order whatever they want, while I stick to my vegan life. After that, slide back to the crib, play the game for about two hours and then bump out back into traffic. However, we’d be checking out places to shoot and actually shoot. That would probably take three hours. It’s probably like 4 pm now. We’d slide to my grandma house for dinner. After dinner, downtown is the move and hit navy pier to check out Lake Michigan, probably shoot out there as well. Sounds pretty boring, however that’s what I do.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The merciful Allah truly deserves a shoutout. I thank you for guiding me through all the rough patches in my life. My parents, I thank you for raising me in the best way possible. My accomplishments would never happen without you both. My little brother, thank you for showing me the way of integrity and also planning the right idea. My wonderful girlfriend, I thank you for everything you’ve done for me and I thank you for actually helping me understand who I am.

Website: www.whereislik.com

Instagram: @Likfrom87th

Twitter: @Likfrom87th

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