Our fiftieth interview in this new series of intimate interviews is with talented mobile photography and artist, Bleu Chemiko from Illinois, Chicago, United States.. This interview is quiet and purposeful with hardly a spare word within it. The stunning imagery, in addition, will fix in your memory. Enjoy!
To read the other published interviews in this series including artists, Adria Ellis, Rino Rossi, Mehmet Duyulmus, Alexis Rotella, Lou Ann Sanford Donahue, Irene Oleksiuk, Kerry Mitchell, Filiz Ak, Dale Botha, Lisa Mitchell, M. Cecilia Sao Thiago, Deborah McMillion, Rita Colantonio, Amy Ecenbarger, Jane Schultz, Anca Balaj, Joyce Harkin, Armineh Hovanesian, Kate Zari Roberts, Vicki Cooper, Peter Wilkin, Barbara Braman, Becky Menzies, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Sarah Bichachi, Michel Pretterklieber, Alon Goldsmith, Judy Lurie Whalberg, Andrea Bigiarni, Sean Hayes, Oola Cristina, Kathleen Magner-Rios, Linda Toki, Deb Field, Emilo Nadales, Lydia Cassatt, David Hayes, Jean Hutter, Frederic Deschênes, Mark Schnidman, Fatma Korkut, Fleur Schim, Rob Pearson-Wright, Dieter Gaebel, James Ellis, Marco P Prado, Jeronimo Sanz, Manuela Matos Monteiro and myself, go here.
All images ©Bleu Chemiko
What was your earliest childhood ambition?
As I am thinking upon this I realize that there is no clear cut “ambition” per se, but more of a driving need to rebel against everything I was taught under the guise of religion.
All I can recall is being the valedictorian for my grade school graduation.
I was unable to acquire any employment during my school years all the way into college. This was a stipulation based on my brother’s decision and also on my home life.
So first job was as a medical receptionist.
Private or State school
State School. Could not afford Private even if I wanted to.
University or work
Received my Bachelor’s degree then took the GMAT (?) and decided it wasn’t for me.
Who was or still is your mentor?
Mother was the first and now my boss.
How physically fit are you?
I walk or bike mostly and mainly for my physical activity.
Ambition or Talent. What matters more to success?
For me personally, I equate success with motivation. I have such a difficult time being motivated in the first place and then to take that motivation and create something from it. That is success for me. From there, ideas start to take form, take hold and as long as I’m engaged then creativity flows.
How politically committed are you?
I used to avoid it like the plague. And then dipped my toes in with the Bush/Gore election and the fall out from that was traumatic. I lost all confidence and any small amount of trust in the voting system. But then Obama came along and a small spark ignited and I felt the wave and actually thought change was going to come. In some ways it was a milestone, and at other times it seems all the same. And now I can’t even wrap my brain around the politics of today without going insane. I try to stay informed but otherwise I am removed.
What would you like to own that you don’t currently possess?
Honestly don’t really have any thing I want ownership of.
What is your biggest extravagance?
Travel: When I turned forty, I promised myself I would travel once each year. And I have been sticking to that promise as best as I can.
In what places are you happiest?
Anyplace where I am surrounded by nature and silence and waves and air…
What ambitions do you still have?
To make my life meaningful somehow. Still figuring this out.
What drives you on?
Life and Death.
What is the greatest achievement of my life so far?
Reaching life at this stage and being where I am at.
What do you find most irritating in other people?
Inconsideration of personal space.
If your twenty year old self could see you now, what would he think?
“You actually made it? I never would have imagined.”
Which object that you have lost do you wish you still had?
My Ikonta Camera which I did not get to use as much as I would have liked.
What is the greatest challenge of our time?
Climate Emergency – our world is dying and it’s unfathomable that we’ve let it come this far.
Do you believe in the afterlife?
I don’t know what to expect if anything once we leave this earth. I guess we will each find out in our own given time.
If you had to rate your life satisfaction so far, out of ten, what would it be?
I am midway. Still navigating the maze of life.
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