Photographing Halloween

Photographing Halloween

Photographing Halloween

October 31 just a couple of days away. While I don’t celebrate Halloween (not really), oftentimes I photograph related gatherings and events, and also people who dress up for this special evening. So, I was wondering, what are your plans for this year’s Halloween? Do you usually photograph Halloween? Do you dress up? Do you celebrate?

Testing. Testing. Preparing for VAMPIRES IN NYC images as part of OF THE MIND SHOW at Casa Colombo. October 2014. bts.
show prep

Years ago, on Halloween night I used to go out with friends and loved ones. While my friends would dress up in dark hand-made angel wings or wear vampire attire, I would go…as a photographer. We would walk in the West Village Halloween Parade and pass by the giant spider hanging from the Village public library tower. Years later, while part of the Undetectable flash collective, I had the chance to go all the way up inside that library tower, and see the giant spider up close and personal.

My favorite subjects to photograph, especially for Halloween, are dark angels and vampires. Luckily, I have wonderful friends who wear the most stunning outfits and allow me to photograph them in those outfits.

Vampire Fantasies. Book cover. Photo and design by Alina Oswald.
Vampire Fantasies. Book cover. Photo and design by Alina Oswald.

Since I speak vampire, and in more ways than one, I’m drawn to this subject. Hence, years ago I came up with a book about photographing vampires and called it Vampire Fantasies. And then, in 2014, my “vampire” friend showed up as a stunning, mysterious, yet friendly vampire at the opening of my show, Vampires in NY (part Of the Mind show at Casa Colombo), surprising everybody.

Here are a few images from Vampires in NY/Of the Mind art show:

  • Vampire photography by Alina Oswald. From Of the Mind show at Casa Colombo, 2014.
  • "I'm Not Afraid!" Vampire photography by Alina Oswald.
  • Vampire photography by Alina Oswald. From Of the Mind show at Casa Colombo, 2014.
  • Superstitions. Vampire Photography by Alina Oswald.
  • Vampire Ghost. Vampire Photography by Alina Oswald featured in Of the Mind photography show.

Here are a few images from the West Village Halloween Parade:

  • Halloween Faces. Village Halloween Parade. Photo by Alina Oswald. #tbt
  • Halloween Faces. Village Halloween Parade. Photo by Alina Oswald. #tbt
  • Halloween Faces. Village Halloween Parade. Photo by Alina Oswald. #tbt

I wish you all a safe and Happy Halloween!

Maskarade. A self-portrait in b&w.
Masquerade. [Mask-arade] A Halloween self-portrait in b&w.

And, as always, thanks for stopping by,

Alina Oswald

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