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…

Happy Holly Jolly Holidays!

First and foremost, TIA would like to take a moment to wish all of you a pleasant and peaceful holiday season at the conclusion of one of the most challenging and strenuous years for Planet Earth and its inhabitants. Living in Seattle for almost 14 years, I have developed quite a collection of photography featuring…

Satirical Tales of a Moody Photographer (S.T.O.M.P.): Chapter 2

“S.T.O.M.P.” is a new series for La Vue Atypique which essentially shares anecdotes from my career as a professional photographer. Aside from my family and a few close friends, questions about my experiences have never been posed by anybody. After 11 years of being in this business, I have decided to be proactive and tell…

Satirical Tales of a Moody Photographer (S.T.O.M.P.): Chapter 1

“S.T.O.M.P.” is a new series for La Vue Atypique which essentially shares anecdotes from my career as a professional photographer. Aside from my family and a few close friends, questions about my experiences have never been posed by anybody. After 11 years of being in this business, I have decided to be proactive and tell…

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…

“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…

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…

Tell Us Your Story…in Print

A TIA original photograph of San Francisco won Digital PhotoPro Magazine’s “Tell Us Your Story” contest and has been printed in the April 2020 edition.

Quarantined City: Seattle Under Siege by the Coronavirus (Part III)

This is Part III of my photo essay that features different neighborhoods and landmarks of Seattle, notably areas that are typically very busy and filled with the hustle and bustle of people and vehicles before the populace was fully informed of the disease’s incredibly rapid and lethal contagiousness from person to person. If you’re a…

Quarantined City: Seattle Under Siege by the Coronavirus (Part II)

This is Part II of my photo essay that features different neighborhoods and landmarks of Seattle, notably areas that are typically very busy and filled with the hustle and bustle of people and vehicles before the populace was fully informed of the disease’s incredibly rapid and lethal contagiousness from person to person. If you’re a…

Quarantined City: Seattle Under Siege by the Coronavirus (Part I)

If you’re reading this article, you are probably fully aware of the ongoing global health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). What commenced as a rash of respiratory illnesses in Wuhan, China back in November 2019 has now gripped the entire world in March 2020. In late January, Kirkland, Washington, a suburb east of…

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?

TIA Enters 2020 with Two Photo Contest Victories

So far, 2020 has commenced on a very unexpected and positive note for TIA International Photography! It involves two first-time achievements in regards to photography competitions. Digital Photo Magazine (www.dpmag.com) recently informed me that an original TIA photograph that I submitted for its “2019 Tell Us Your Story” photography contest won Third Place! The winning…

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 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 to be writing this particular entry because it provides me the opportunity to do two things:  1) Gush about San Francisco, and 2)…

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.

A Bittersweet Memory of Miami

A retrospective regarding the discovery of a sudden death and the unexpected opportunity of directing air control traffic over a major American city.