The edge of the sidewalk with MD ENAMUL KABIR

I really love when street photographers take their particular style and apply it to different venues or personal projects.  The edge of the sidewalk features the work of street photographers, but not their street photography.

Md Enamul Kabir is a street photographer living in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  A few years ago, Enamul moved from a small town, Kotchandpur in rural Bangladesh to the big city.  He started to photograph his house - three rooms that he shares with five other men. They all start out as strangers but become friends.  

   The guys that currently live at 55/E: Enamul,     Shohel, Rajib, Shahrukh, Saiful and     Polash (Polash is missing from the photo    )

The guys that currently live at 55/E: Enamul, Shohel, Rajib, Shahrukh, Saiful and Polash (Polash is missing from the photo)

Here's what Enamul had to say about his project, 55/E Bachelor House.

55/E-Bachelor House

Dhaka has been called a dream city. Everyday people come to Dhaka from every part of the country to fulfill their dreams. People believe that when they are in Dhaka, they can earn more money and receive a better education but these dreams are incredibly hard to achieve. 

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After reaching this city of dreams, recent arrivals, try and rent a flat, or room, and the house owner say that they do not want young men in their flats because they are too much trouble. After a place to stay is finally found, you are forced to live with strangers, but soon a bond grows. You share the rooms, lives, and even beds with these strangers. Life is not like it was at home, and you become brothers with these people that were once strangers.

You share the rooms, lives, and even beds with these strangers. Life is not like it was at home, and you become brothers with these people that were once strangers.

I still remember the first night I spent in the grimy flat and I cried the whole night and went back home the next day, and my family sent me back to that flat. It was hard living without my family but they knew I must return to my dream.

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I moved to Dhaka in 2004 and of all the people who moved here, at the same time as me, I am the only one left. Many people have come and gone, in that time, and there have been many incredible moments, both good and bad. 

By 2004 many of the memories from my first days in Dhaka were beginning to fade, and I started to photograph my mess life from 2014 after buying my camera, because I knew I didn’t want to lose all of those important memories. I use photography to capture what life is like in the dream city.

©️ Photography by Md Enamul Kabir

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