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(JBLM/Camp Murray, Wash.) June 15, 2013 – The Image Arsenal, aka Lt. Col. Anthony Bolante, deploys to Middle East with 96th Military Engagement Team

Photo © Anthony Bolante, The Image Arsenal LLC, 2013

(Joint Base Lewis-McChord/Camp Murray, Wash.)  June 15, 2012 – The Image Arsenal (aka: Lt. Col. Anthony Bolante) deployed to the Middle East with the Washington Army National Guard’s (WAARNG) 96th Military Engagement Team (MET).  This group of 26 hand-picked senior Army Officers and NonCommissioned Officers with extensive worldwide mission experience in operations ranging from Infantry to Special Forces and Combat Aviation, have been selected from the more than 6,000 WAARNG Soldiers for this year-long mobilization and deployment.  This unit will be based out of Kuwait and will work with multiple host-nation senior diplomats and their Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs to bolster  international security in the Middle East and Central Asia. The group has been on active duty since mid-May 2013 and have been undergoing pre-deployment, combat refresher training at JBLM and Camp Murray, Wash. and completed their training and deployment ceremony today.  The 96th MET will then travel to the U.S. East Coast for a few weeks of military-diplomat training, foreign language training and then will depart for the Middle East later this summer.  This unit will complete their mission and return to the U.S. in late Spring 2014.  Photo by Anthony Bolante/www.TheImageArsenal.com

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ps: Dear photojournalism friends, colleagues and clients ~ Please note that I will be away from Seattle and unavailable for photo assignments during this deployment period until I return from the Middle East in late Spring 2014.  Please take care and I look forward to seeing and working with you all again after my return from this latest mission.  Peace, Aloha and please stay in touch, Anthony    www.TheImageArsenal.com


(SEATTLE) Apr. 30, 2013 – Seattle government and police say they are prepared for this year’s May Day


Masked protestors use bats and wooden poles to destroy the glass storefront of an American Apparel store during May Day demonstrations that went violent in downtown Seattl(SEATTLE) Apr. 30, 2012 – Seattle government and law enforcement said today that unlike the chaos that ensued in Seattle’s downtown business corridor in 2012, that they are more prepared to deal with civil unrest that could develop in tomorrow’s May Day protests that could potentially develop as seen in this file photo from May 1, 2012 that shows a small platoon of black-masked anarchists destroying an American Apparel storefront along with a Niketown and the Federal Courthouse in Seattle.  Photo by Anthony Bolante/REUTERS (United States)

The Image Arsenal covers (survives) volatile May Day protests and destruction in Seattle business district

All photos on this BLOG Post (c) Anthony Bolante/REUTERS, 2012

(SEATTLE)  May 1, 2012 – Conflict photojournalism isn’t something that I specifically seek-out in my visual reportage career.  I live and love adventure (as you all know) both at work and during my rare leisure time.   But over the years, it seems as if once every six months, I find myself digging out my gas mask, kevlar helmet, vest and ballistic eye protection to use along with my Canon cameras and  www.ThinkTankPhoto.com  gear to cover a photo assignment.  That kit along with years of military experience and having “lived” in Afghanistan for few years, I combined those tools on May 1, 2012 during my most recent foray into covering demonstrations. It was a day that started out peacefully but developed into all-out urban chaos.


     The Occupy-America movement has been the most recent permutation of civil demonstrations across the United States that started at New York’s Wall Street and found catalysts for impactive protests in Oakland-California, Portland-Oregon and of course, Seattle-Washington.  What was originally expected to be a somewhat benign bunch of march demonstrations around Seattle on May 1, the string of simmering events that day peaked with 90-seconds of shear terror in downtown Seattle’s business district when of the 700 marchers that halted street traffic and business in downtown Seattle, about 60 black-mask cladded self-proclaimed anarchist blocked city arterials, unleashed a barrage of window-exploding attacks on numerous big name retailers such as Niketown, American Apparel and Wells Fargo Bank, to name a few. 

     Having covered my last volatile “Occupy-Seattle” protests in November 2011, my colleague www.seattlepi.com staff photojournalist Josh Trujillo and I frequently ally ourselves sharing threat intelligence and mutual security by working together on the streets for our visual reportage of such conflicts.  Last Tuesday’s protest eruptions in Seattle was no exception to that unofficial teamwork and I am grateful to have a reliable friend and colleague to mutually (and more safely) cover such conflicts.  To keep this BLOG posting brief, basically, Josh and I marched with the 700 protestors peacefully from Westlake Park for about two-dozen blocks around downtown Seattle with throngs of other camera-carriers, photojournalists and videojournalists.  While smaller eruptions of destruction took place at the Federal Courthouse then at a Wells Fargo Bank branch, when the 90-seconds of  attacks on the prominent retail stores happened, the swift, violent and well-orchestrated attacks even caught me, the Army dude, by-surprise.   The black-mask clad anarchist executed what many in the military would call “a text book L-shaped ambush.”    When the anarchists turned their black-flag-poles into bats to destroy an entire block of storefront windows, www.SeattlePI.com photographer Josh Trujillo and New York Times freelancer Stuart Isset found ourselves RIGHT THERE in between the bat-wielding black masks and the pepper-spray shooting Seattle PD.   No other photographers or video journalists were as close to the clash as we were for those violent 90-seconds

     Here’s a link to Seattle ABC affiliate KIRO-7 News’ short video clip that show the few of us still photogs in the melee. At 1:11, you can see Josh and I (on the left side of the screen) smack in the middle of the flash-attack and at 2:20, the overhead view shows Josh and I narrowly missing a Seattle PD riot police officer’s 30-foot-stream of pepper stray aimed at an anarchist running by us:   http://www.kirotv.com/videos/news/black-hooded-anarchists-target-stores/vG6yn/

     In respect to the coverage my friend and colleague Josh did, here is a link to his www.seattlepi.com photo gallery:  http://www.seattlepi.com/local/slideshow/May-Day-protests-in-Seattle-turn-violent-42415.php%22

     Here’s a few links to some of the other conflicts that I have covered in the past year alone.

     June 2011 NHL Vancouver Canucks-Boston Bruins playoff hockey riots:

Thanks again to Josh Trujillo my wingman for my most recent conflict photo assignment.

Until my next BLOG posting, Aloha everyone … Anthony


(LAKEWOOD, WA) Mar. 12, 2012 – Community reacts to Joint Base Lewis McChord soldier’s killing of 16 Afghans

Thousands of yellow ribbons flutter in the wind as commuters drive across “Freedom Bridge” over Interstate-5 freeway as they enter the Madigan Army Hospital gate of Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), Washington on March 12, 2012. JBLM is the homebase of the U.S. Army Staff Sergeant linked to the methodic killing of more than a dozen Afghan civilians in the Panjwai District of Kandahar, Afghanistan over the past weekend . REUTERS/Anthony Bolante (UNITED STATES)