Security guards capture T.J. in the act of photography at a parking garage in Philadelphia and summarily kick him out -- but not for the reason one might assume.
TIAA #50: “Christmas Eve in Kuala Lumpur”
This is a tale about an indelible Christmas Eve in the capital city of a predominantly Islamic nation.
Minneapolis: TIA’s 20th American City
Looking for new Minneapolis cityscapes, urban landscapes, and aerial views? Look no further!
TIAA #14: “Reality is Relative”
This is a tale about the week I've had interacting with different people (mostly in person, this time) and what I learned.
TIAA #4: “Suspicious Black Male in a Hoodie”
This is a tale about biased presuppositions that should be duly reassessed before someone gets hurt or killed for no justifiable reason (again).
TIAA #3: “Brooklyn Rising”
This is a tale about gratitude for the people who understand what I'm trying to do with my photography.
Hello Seattle. It’s Been Fog Too Long.
TIA invites you to view how foggy weather transforms the Emerald City into an otherworldly realm of eccentric mystery and eerie intrigue.
Walking in a City Centre Wonderland
Take an illustrative and photographic walk with TIA through downtown Seattle's sparkling holiday decorations...in the rain!
“Capital” vs. “Capitol”: The Difference
On the sixth day of 2021, a previously inconceivable abomination occurred in Washington, D.C. A conspired insurrection and coordinated siege of the United States Capitol building by a right-wing mob of white supremacists, incited by the President, took place in a deliberate attempt to disrupt and abort the U.S. Congress' electoral certification of President-elect Joe... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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.
Two Minutes in Paris: A Love Story
Sometimes it takes two minutes -- instead of one -- to fall in love.
People in Paris: The Streets, The Routines, and the Beauty Unseen
Is it possible that Paris might just not be that special to Parisians?
Why *is* Seattle called “The Emerald City”?
Why is Seattle called "The Emerald City"? What's the story?
It Was an Earthquake, Not an Emergency.
Little Italy District, San DiegoLittle Italy District, San Diego (Earthquake Illustration) 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... Continue Reading →
Dancing in Seattle in the Summer Rain (Factoid #7)
SEATTLE FACTOID #7 "Seattle, Queen of Rain" https://youtu.be/27eClHQxXls There's literally a song and/or music video for every subject matter under the sun(or rain, for our purposes). Here is Roxette's contribution to the matter at hand. So far, in July 2019, Seattle has had a relatively healthy amount of rainfall interspersing the warm sunshine, much to... Continue Reading →
For the Love of Calgary
City of Calgary https://videopress.com/v/BhejDOip?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata Welcome to 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... Continue Reading →
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. Aerial... Continue Reading →
Meet Me at the Muddy Confluence
Where the River Gombak meets the River Klang -- that’s where you’ll find Kuala Lumpur (KL), which is Malay for, literally, “Muddy Confluence”. As an enthusiast of etymology -- especially regarding the names of our world's cities -- I find the meaning of “Kuala Lumpur" to be one of the most fascinating. KL is a... Continue Reading →
Where the Cranes Reign (Factoid #6)
SEATTLE FACTOID #6 Seattle has erected more cranes for construction than any other city in the United States for three consecutive years since 2016. "Seattle at an Angle" / View of downtown from the Skyview Observatory at Columbia Center Seattle's Urban Evolution, Ad Infinitum:An aerial view of downtown Seattle with Westlake Avenue as the central... Continue Reading →
The City of a Saint & Good Herbs
Yerba Buena de la Republica de Alta California (a.k.a San Francisco) Today, you might be familiar with this city by a few of its popular nicknames, including: San FranFriscoCity by the BaySFFog City Of course, we all call it "San Francisco"! "Me, My Bay & I" / Bay Bridge & Embarcadero, San Francisco Formerly known... Continue Reading →
A Needle Like No Other (Factoid #5)
SEATTLE FACTOID #5 When the Smith Tower was erected in 1914, it remained the tallest building not only in Seattle or Washington State, but on the entire West Coast of the United States! In 1962, the record was broken by yet another structure in Seattle, one that has become world renowned and probably the most... Continue Reading →
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 →
The Tallest Tower for Roughly 421,000 Hours (Factoid #4)
SEATTLE FACTOID #4 Smith Tower & Seattle Waterfront @ Dawn When it was erected in 1914, Seattle's Smith Tower was the tallest building along the West Coast of the United States. Smith Tower (center), Downtown Seattle Smith Tower would remain the tallest for nearly 50 years until it was eventually usurped by another building in... Continue Reading →
The Skyline of Saint James
"San Diego" is Spanish for "Saint James" San Diego's skyline is very expansive. In the image above, this is only a small part of it captured from Harbor Island. The majority of the buildings are the same height, and not as tall as those seen in Los Angeles or San Francisco, whose urban cores developed... Continue Reading →
Isthmus City (Factoid #3)
Seattle is the only major U.S. city that is situated on an isthmus.
Juneau, You Know?
According to my WordPress statistics, this will be my 50th article for this blog. To celebrate this achievement, I thought I would share some trivia about America's 49th state, just to be quirky and offbeat. Alaska's capital city is Juneau. With a population slightly above 32,000, the capital is more of a small town than... Continue Reading →
Deciphering the Significance of “Singapore”
The Sumptuous Seduction of Singapore | Purchase The City The name “Singapore” was adapted by the British from its original Malay name, “Singapura”, which means “Lion City”. I had often read books and magazines about the great Lion City, established on an island at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. I was fascinated by... Continue Reading →
Our City of Shikaakwa Today
The name "Chicago" is derived from "Shikaakwa". Established 184 years ago, the city named "Chicago” is derived from a French rendering of the Native American word shikaakwa, translated as "wild onion" or "wild garlic", from the Miami-Illinois language. Wild Garlic (literally...) The first known reference to the site of the current city of Chicago as "Checagou"... Continue Reading →