Shaping the world, horseback riding at the bottom of dormant Haleakala. Photo by Alina Oswald.


Several years ago I had the unique opportunity to become a member of New York City’s Infinity Photographic Society. Attending my first Infinity meeting, I was asked to introduce myself and my work using one word. The word I chose was “reality.” That is because reality has been my source of inspiration throughout the years. Especially the less popular side of it, which includes topics like HIV and AIDS, LGBTQ+, human and animal rights, severe weather and its effects on the environment, health/medical, editorial, and current events.

I have always been fascinated by the delicate balancing act defining reality–a balance dictated by contrasting elements in our life–the good and the bad, darkness and light, creation and destruction, and so on.

This balance and our role in maintaining it bring to mind another term–ouroboros, the serpent that consumes itself. Ouroboros is a symbol of self-reflexivity, of reinvention through cyclicality. In a sense, it represents a new meaning, shaped by the fight between two contrasting elements. Examples of ouroboros are present all around us, including nature and the environment, HIV and AIDS, our very existence at the intersection of reality and fantasy, and many more. It is up to us to interpret and use them to our advantage.

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“Shaping the World” Horseback-riding in Haleakala National Park. Maui, Hawaii. ©Alina Oswald.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Alina Oswald


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