1. Haha. Yeah..um. Could you do a huge favor and delete that comment with my email address and private info? Haha. I’m a walking comedy of errors. Should have tested the approval thing first, but I swore my first novel of a comment needed approval.

  1. Ha thanks! OK tomorrow the questions will be here! Just finished them. Plenty to choose from. Whatever interests you most. Banksy is in there. Though your blog is so incredibly large that only a longtime follower could ask the best questions, I figured you wouldn’t mind touching on that little artist named Banksy you spent time with 😉

  2. Hey Jackie! Here it is. Spent a good while on this, and got a little help from my sister, an amateur photographer. I pray you’ll post a link to this interview when I post it on my blog. I’m hustling hard, trying to make a comeback with a new, highly viewed blog, and this would be a hallelujah win for me in my day-to-day audience-building grind. As said, you could simply start with, “Jason Harrington, a writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times and Vanity Fair online, to name just two, interviewed me. Read *here* to learn a little more about the human behind the camera.” Along those lines, maybe? Start.

    Hi Jackie! Thanks so much for this interview. You’re my first interviewee on this blog (I used to run Taking Stuff Away, which made a few splashes) because I stumbled upon your blog, TokiDoki (https://jacquelinemhadel.com/ , will always hyperlink your blog for my readers), and it’s just…mindblowing.

    Your blog is fucking enormous, you’ve been to just about every country in the world it seems, and I know nearly nothing about photography. So I guess what I can bring to the table is this: I’m coming into this as the world majority, common person here; the only-ever-taken-photos-with-cell-phones-the-best-to-our-ability-using-instinct as to what looks beautiful, or just somehow “weird/dope” demographic, that has never read up on photography principles, but who comes across your blog, takes two hours looking around at the incredible scale, grandeur, and beauty that is TokiDoki, and then has questions. So here we go:

    1. Was I right? Have you been to every country in the world save a few small exceptions perhaps? If not, which countries are hot on your list? And here’s a question I genuinely hope you’ll touch on: Emily Dickenson, poet who need no introduction, was infamously reclusive, rarely leaving her room. Now, translate that to photography. If there were a highly skilled, amazing photographer who rarely traveled farther than her front yard, do you find it easy to conceive that such a Hikikomori blog could be even more expansive than your blog, and just as fascinating, important, and beautiful?

    2. What were you doing before nomading and photography? Are you American? Home state or city, if you care to divulge? What drew you to grafiti art originally, and why do you think it’s important enough for you to risk your life that the world get good photos of amazing street art found in dirty, dark backalleys that they would have never seen otherwise? And a question most anyone will quickly come to after beholding your tour-de-force blog: how do you fund this Odyssian, nonstop traveling, if you can divulge that? I did do some digging, and know that you’re a CELTA trainer (a CELTA certification is the Mercedes Benz of Teaching English as a Foreign Language certifications. Also, the most-likely-to-kill-you certification, due to how rigorous it is).

    1. 3. The only technical term I hope I can accurately use, as a photography ignoramus, vis-a-vis your incredible photos is this: (putting on glasses to appear smart): it seems you’re using a lot of negative space in your non-grafiti pieces in Estonia, where I believe you are now, probably due to the nature of Estonia in winter. However, it seems that the rest of your blog (gulp, fingers crossed this is right) is generally split into two main categories: grafiti art, and architecture. Am I right about that? Why does architecture interest you so much (so many breathtaking church photos among your many pages)?

      (And hell: if there’s anything about your photography style and/or theory you want to talk about, go for it, please. I won’t pretend to be capable of asking those killer photography questions readers may be interested in, so if there are any commonly asked photography shop talk questions you get, maybe you could quell some of that fellow photographer curiosity now.)

      4. Since I live in Colombia, and am from Chicago, when looking at your enormous list of places done, I just focused on Chicago (think you were definitely in Wicker Park and likely the Pilsen hoods), Detroit, Estonia. where I believe you are currently, perused the Banksy section because I’m human and “holy shit she was with Banksy?,” and finally, Colombia, where the Bogota grafiti photos were characteristically intriguing, lively and stunning. Then to my shock, I saw you’ve also done the infamously dangerous Venezuela, as well. What are some of the riskiest things you’ve done to get photos, and where were they?

      5. Maybe I should have started with this actually. It was hard to even contact you! No contact form on your blog (that I saw) no email,I even Googled for your email,and nothing. Being a former member of a little hip hop crew, I definitely admire grafiti art. Some people, controversially, think it should be made illegal. Incredibly, you interviewed the most famous. secretive grafiti artist in the world: Banksy. Care to go into how you nailed that, what the experience was like? And am I right in feeling that you’re similarly low key and even secretive about your personal life?

    2. Great questions. I will go through them one at a time, possibly thinking about them on the train tomorrow (if I end up on the train tomorrow 🤷 😆) – I don’t think there’s a mural or a piece left that I haven’t documented in Tallinn – one big reason I’m getting antsy to move on…- so I may head to Tartu for the day. ✌🏼

  3. 6. Having done some light nomading myself around South America for a year while teaching English online and fielding editing gigs, and having spent the past 7 of 10 years outside of my home country, USA, I most definitely have felt lonely, scared, curious about whether I should just be like the majority of “normal” people, go back to my country, settle down in one state, and get a stable office job. Do you ever have dark, depressed moments as a nomad? Do you ever consider just settling down somewhere? If so, what are some places you would choose to settle down in, if you had a proverbial gun at your head?

    If you didn’t like any of the above questions, or don’t have time, here are two easy alternatives:

    #X. When and how did your blog, Toki Doki, start? Was it after you started traveling the world? For fellow photo bloggers: how long were you sort of an unknown newbie with not many followers, and what was the progression to being a big blog like?

    #X. Or just ask yourself a question involving something you’re really intrigued by right now, ha, and then answer it. Hey, I was raised by a hippie mom. I’m as laidback as can be and want this to be as fun and/or fast for you as possible.

    Thanks for the interview, Jackie!

    Everyone, check out Jackie Hadel’s blog, Toki Doki (https://jacquelinemhadel.com/), right now– I rarely recommend people click anything. But you’ll immediately see I wasn’t exaggerating about how gorgeous and massive it is!

  4. Hi Jackie. Welp. Hard to post whole interview here haha. I had to break it into pieces. There is a sixth question which god would I love to hear your answer to, along with, I’m sure, just about everyone else, and then some alternative questions, short ones, in case you don’t have time or didn’t like some of the oher questions. It’s not showing that third piece of the interview, which starts on question 6. Maybe WordPress is holding my comments now as a possible spammer, and you have it on your dashboard? Let me know. THanks soooo much!

  5. No rush at all! Probably in a month I would follow up, to give you an idea. I’m laidback city, my friend. My god thank you so much! Amazing blog, amazing photographer!

  6. Hi Jackie! Hope your safe and train ride went well. Such a nice woman you are, by the way, I’m very lucky! OK couple obvious questions I didn’t think to ask. Sorry. If you can/want, just quick ones, besides as always with me, a longer deal I thought of lying in bed last night.

    What does “Toki Doki” mean, and why choose this name for your blog?
    Did you ever study/train formally in photography? And while we’re here, what kind of degrees do you have?
    I know it’s hard to pick one, but if you had to give one piece of advice to aspiring photobloggers, what it would be? Two if you want or as many as you want, really, haha.

    Oh and regarding that theoretical reclusive, talented photographer I asked you about: let’s give this poor lady a tad more than only being able to photograph in her house and to the edge of her front yard. Let’s say she lives on a busy city block, and occasionally she musters the courage to make a “trip” to the other end of her (Chicago style big block, as opposed to NYC’s smaller ones). So she’s got a couple little restaurants,a goods store, maybe an apartment building and a medium-sized public statue with a plaque to work with, along with her house, body, etc. Could you easily conceive of one block Betty here making a blog as massive, beautiful, and important as yours?

    And: Grafiti on the moon. I bet someone has already at least scrawled a “_____ was here” on some surface up there, haha, making him or first. I won’t bother you with this one. Just. When we email, and you’re not overwhelmed by all this, maybe I’ll add one last, what I believe lends itself to the title of this interview and thumbnail, grafiti art on the moon, hypothetical fun and dope question ha. Thanks. This is all! Talk to you when you’re ready. Oh, and when you email me, drop a comment here saying email sent. Colombia and my internet is just atrocious now with literally not even allowing some people’s emails to show up ANYWHERE in my account. Hopefully I just get yours right away no prob.

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