TIAA #47: “13 Decembers”

Tosin’s Images & Anecdotes (TIAA) is my self-assigned photography challenge of 2022. The immediate objective is to select one image from my inventory (a cityscape, landscape, portrait, oddity, etc.) each week and write something about it. This “something” could be the story behind the photo, a triggered memory in relation to the photo, or simply a reaction or reflection based on the subject matter featured. The long-term objective is to encourage myself to add more content to “La Vue Atypique”, which celebrates its first decade in publication this year.

Stewart Street & 4th Avenue / Downtown Seattle / December 1, 2022
13th Anniversary Photo / Stewart Street & 4th Avenue / Downtown Seattle / December 1, 2022

What can I say about the photograph above?

December 1st was the 13th anniversary of TIA’s official registration with the City of Seattle as a sole proprietorship. While I’m not superstitious whatsoever, I have chuckled a few times this year in reaction to some individuals who have visibly cringed when informed that the special date is the 13th occasion.

For the past couple of anniversaries, I have typically created a short video to commemorate the milestone. I decided to follow suit this year as well. However, instead of featuring a collection of self-curated “greatest hits” and favorite images from my career as a professional photographer since 2009, I decided to do something atypical this year — something specific with a theme.

For this year’s anniversary video, I compiled 13 photos — one photo from each year between 2009 and 2022. With the exception of 2013 and 2018, each featured image was captured in Seattle during the first week of December. The final photo in the video is this week’s image for the TIAA challenge.

Singapore Skyline & Singapore River / December 25, 2013
Singapore Skyline & Singapore River / December 25, 2013 | Purchase

The only reason I can recollect for a break in the pattern in 2013 would be the preparation for my indelible, tripartite adventures in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Sydney. Christmas Day that year was spent commuting between the two former cities and concluded with some photography of Singapore at night from a very laid-back and relaxed night club or lounge atop a towering office building. I loved that experience. In 2018, I was preparing to visit my sister in New York. That was the first time I had ever spent Christmas in Brooklyn, and it was fantastic!

As a result, for the two outlier years, I chose photographs that were captured as close to the first week of December that I could find.

Without further ado, please enjoy TIA’s 13th Anniversary video.

Thanks for your support, enthusiasm, and business along the way.

P.S. – Yes, I realize there are 14 photos because I included a photo for 2009, captured four days after TIA officially became a small business!

48 articles down for the TIAA challenge. 4 remain!

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  1. Happy 13th anniversary to you and T.I.A. International Photography! Love the video and that one video with the rainbow that pops out in front of the grey sky! Majestic! Kudos, Tos.

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