Issue #2: Being "The Only" (Can Be Awkward, Quizzical & Uncomfortable)
Nobody’s Stereotype: Irksome Issues of a Photographer Who also Happens to be a Black Man (#1)
Issue #1: My Identity (Is Not an Issue (to Me))
The Photography of Fraudulence
TIA kicked off the new year with a fake client who tried to defraud my small business of 13 years. Here's the entire story.
TIAA #49: “Wonder Women Everywhere”
This is a tale about the challenges, struggles, and uprisings of women everywhere.
TIAA #42: “My Curls Dumped Me in Jersey City”
This is a (funny) tale about life after hair loss (and a "What's up!" to all the follicularly-challenged peeps around the world).
TIAA #39: “Hyperdrive”
This is a tale about...falling through an online rabbit hole???
TIAA #25: “Et Jamais Ne Revient”
This is a tale about never returning to life as we knew it in January 2020.
TIAA #20: “United Mess of America”
This is a tale about an incessant epidemic that appears to be uniquely and miserably endemic to the United States of America.
Bans Off Our Bodies
View images from the Bans Off Our Bodies rally that was held in Seattle on May 14, 2022.
TIAA #8: “United with Ukraine”
This is a tale about my first (and so far, only) photo assignment pertaining to Ukraine.
TIAA #7: “My Dream of Diplomacy”
This is a tale about the path I might have taken if TIA International Photography never existed -- the path I originally and aggressively pursued.
Happy New Veer
2022 will be a year for TIA to change course, both personally and professionally.
Reflecting on 12 Years of TIA
A brief introspection of TIA's journey in photography on its 12th anniversary.
Happy Mothers Day
TIA would like to extend fond wishes to all the mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, aunts, and sisters on this Mothers Day -- today and always. To commemorate the occasion, please enjoy a few images of a real "mother goose" and her goslings at Lake Union Park in Seattle. Mother Goose and her goslings at Lake Union... Continue Reading →
Yesteryear 2020 – One Last Look
This article will be the final entry for La Vue Atypique in 2020, a year that many people around the world are looking forward to not (or never) looking back at ever again. There is little need or desire to recite the multiple reasons for 2020's universally accepted moratorium as the world continues, presently, to... Continue Reading →
11 Years of TIA!
December 1, 2020 is, unbelievably, the 11th anniversary of TIA International Photography. This was the day that the City of Seattle registered TIA as a licensed sole proprietorship in the business of offering professional photography services back in 2009. This article serves as a greeting of gratitude for all of you who have been perpetually... Continue Reading →
“Brand New Day”
Revised on November 11, 2020. Today is Saturday, November 7, 2020. It's a little after 10:30pm Pacific Time. It's an historic day in the United States, and I wanted to take a few moments to commemorate it so that I can always remember it. This article contains tidbits of what happened today that I would... Continue Reading →
DIVORCING The King & Queen of Social Media: FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM
If your photography business is not reaping any benefits from social media, then perhaps it's time to move on.
That Time When the U.S. Government (Almost) Stole My Photograph!
An anecdote about what happens when the entity who steals your intellectual property is the U.S. federal government.
Signage of the Times
"Black Lives Matter" signage is appearing all over the City of Seattle. Question: "Why is the movement suddenly resonating with everybody *this time*?"
The Pandemic, The Pandemonium & The Protests
When America and the world look back at the Year 2020 a year from now, or a decade from now, we may collectively wonder how we persevered. In the first five months of this year, we have all suffered from a pandemic that is still very much on the forefront of our daily realities, regardless... Continue Reading →
Quarantine Quagmire Sale (Ends May 31st)
In response to clients and customers who have expressed that their current budgets have been restricted on account of the coronavirus pandemic, TIA is offering a 20% discount on all online purchases on its official website, including both licenses and prints. This sale will continue through May 31st. Go to http://tia-international-photography.com + click on... Continue Reading →
Keeping Up with Ronald, Mikhail & Me
Some people drink. Some do drugs. Some overeat. We often need *something* to compensate for bad news or situations. Can photography be viewed as a vice?
What’s with All the Cityscapes Anyway? (TIA Origin Story)
After 10 years in business, TIA reveals in this thoughtful retrospective how it came into existence with an interminable objective to deliver atypical and indelible photographs of our world's cities.
Bamboozled in Buenos Aires
A tale about my first 24 hours in Buenos Aires, in which my plane battled Mother Nature's wrath and how I became the latest statistic of skilled pick-pocketing.
My Escapade to San Francisco Almost Made Me Miss Janet (Much)
The "Escapade" from Seattle to San Francisco was worth it. Feel free to play this instrumental mix of "Escapade" to set the mood! The months of September and October 2019 have been extremely hectic, but very productive. This is why I have not been able to publish another blog entry until now. I am happy... Continue Reading →
State of the Rhythm Nation 30 Years Later
"Rhythm Nation 1814" was released when the world was in a political state of revolution and evolution. This article examines the legacy and personal impact of Janet Jackson's remarkable fourth studio album.
Taking a Moment to Remember. . .
A tribute, via photography, to New York City, a modern day example of the resilience of the human spirit.
The Photographer, The Police Officer & The Politics
Downtown Seattle, Waterfront & Alaskan Way Viaduct If you’ve been a resident of Seattle for a few years, then you’re probably very familiar with how much the city has evolved between your earliest memory and most recent recollection. The central business district of Seattle has expanded outwards and upwards, with dozens of new cranes surrounding... Continue Reading →
“Gun Violence” – America’s #1 Single & Broken Record
Last night, after feeling quite exhausted for what was actually a short week (on account of Memorial Day on Monday), I found that I was flirting with insomnia once again. That's not a pleasant feeling, but the reason that was causing my insomnia was much worse. I had just learned about the latest mass shooting... Continue Reading →