Interview with Treu Bleu Imagery | Edition XIX.2
• Photography •
Brand Name: Treu Bleu Imagery
Name: Tasha Bleu
Hometown: Providence, RI
Location: East Coast, USA
How do you describe your Photography to people?
My focus is editorial, streetwear, product, beauty and industry fashion events in order to network with brands but I don’t have a certain style. I can show you two different images of mine and you wouldn’t think that I shot both…many people love that about my work. They love that I always keep the public guessing and that I stay true to my own imagination. I describe my work is “MY” work…it’s a window into MY heart.
Did your early photographic goals include earning a living from photography, or did it start as a way to express yourself creatively?
In the beginning, I NEVER planned things would take off as they did. I never even imagined to work with the likes of ELLE Magazine, BET Networks, Karmaloop or Hypebeast or even that any reputable magazines like yourself would be interested in what I have to say. I was a model first and I observed many of my favorite fashion photographers and then applied what I learned from watching them. I began as a real estate photographer then I began to only shoot one model, Quinee Lewis…then I realized my God given talent was nothing to keep to myself and created a worldwide network…the rest is history.
Do you remember your first photography sale?
Yes! Although I shot Quinee often for TF…my first actual sale was from a client that flew in all the way from LA and is now apart of a very relevent cast on tv, everything happens for a reason.
Who are some people you would like to work with?
I would love to work with Dominique Hollington (in the works), Nate Gill, JeanPaul Paulla, Nick Wooster and Chanel Iman.
Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
Very! Firstly because if you’re not bringing society up…then you’re breaking it down. I am often reminded that my success and grace inspires people of all walks of life to not only follow their own dreams but to stand for something and remain true to themselves in such a jaded entertainment world. Life is all about creating experiences that are worth sharing and it’s not what I do…it’s how I do it that’s important.
How do you separate yourself from others?
I feel that as a photographer I am very different because I incorporate the public into my work as much as I can. I had a project last year entitled “Dreams do Come Treu” where I helped unsigned and untrained models enter the beauty and fashion industry and from that project I have 3 models still doing their thing and close to being signed to noted talent agencies. This year I have a project entitled “A Dollar and a Dream” where I invited 10 other female photographers and creatives from all over the USA to collaborate with me on one one huge art exhibit in NYC in November and this will be successful as well.
Must art have a relationship to the rest of the world?
hmmmm the world builds a relationship with art but art doesnt have to have a relationship with the world…its in the eye of the beholder.
Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals you have in mind?
you gotta keep up with me to see…