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.

The Ups and Downs of Being My Own Boss as a Professional Photographer

One of the most inspirational, challenging, momentous and, occasionally, disappointing years in my life occurred between May 2014 and May 2015.  Even though I was a sole proprietor and had owned my own small photography business for four and a half years, I was still working full-time for an employer in Seattle. It was the…

It Was an Earthquake, Not an Emergency.

The image above was one of the very romantic and memorable views of San Diego from my hotel captured on my last night in the city. Due to the fact that it was also my birthday, the events that took place that day will be forever unforgettable in my memory. Why? It’s because this scene…

Digital Photography in the Age of Social Media Idiocy

As much as I love the art and science of photography, a part of my psyche cannot help but wonder in which direction photography – specifically, digital photography – is going in the age of social media. My experience with sharing my photography via social media has been a mixture of different experiences, ranging from…

The City that Rises in the Meadows of the Desert

There is no doubt that Las Vegas is probably one of the most fascinating, spectacular, hyper, and quizzical cities in the world. “Las Vegas” actually means “The Meadows” or “Fertile Plains” in Spanish. The Meadows, today, is the largest city by population in the State of Nevada, and the 28th largest city in the United…

Dancing in Seattle in the Summer Rain (Factoid #7)

SEATTLE FACTOID #7 So far, in July 2019, Seattle has had a relatively healthy amount of rainfall interspersing the warm sunshine, much to the consternation of so many residents — I won’t go so far as to say “natives” (because natives know and remember what summers are like in Seattle) — who are complaining that…

For the Love of Calgary

Let’s talk about Calgary for a few minutes! Calgary’s nickname is “Cowtown” because it has a history associated with the Canadian “Wild West” of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The city’s official flag is a red field featuring the letter “C” adorned with a cowboy hat positioned within the opening of the initial….

The Frustrated Photographer and Forgetful Pilot

I have an episode in aerial photography that was so peculiar that I felt it deserved to be described with readers. Prepare a cup of coffee, tea, cocoa – whatever your beverage of choice is today – sit back, and allow me to share this tale of semi-humorous human folly (and foolishness) with you. My…