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))
TIAA #30: “Photo Non Grata”
This is a tale about the cunning subterfuge of optics. (Sounds very clandestine and shady, doesn't it?)
TIAA #26: “Oddball Outlier in Orbit”
This is a tale about your possible perceptions vs. my reality (and insecurities).
TIAA #16: “Minneapolis: My City of Many Mixed Emotions”
This is a tale about inadvertently confronting one's own past because fate intervened with your life...again.
TIAA #5: “Acknowledge”
This is a tale about making a conscious effort to avoid stereotyping white people in the objective to eliminate systemic racism.
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).
S.T.O.M.P. / Chapter 2: “Another Day in Paradise”
T.J. reckons with the reality of racism and discrimination in his day-to-day routines as a professional photographer.
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 →
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.
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 →
Legacy of a King
The United States has only one county in the entire nation named after Martin Luther King, Jr. Read about this significant milestone in his lasting legacy.