Half-Year Mark: Six Notes for the First Six Months of 2020

NYC Pride 2020 Fireworks. ©Alina Oswald.
NYC Pride2020 Rainbow. ©Alina Oswald.
NYC Pride2020 Rainbow. ©Alina Oswald.

‘Tis the last day of June, and halfway into this year, we still find ourselves on a never-ending, roller-coaster ride.

It’s still June, hence, still, Pride Month, which calls for just a few more images from this Pride 2020 Weekend.

NYC Pride Month 2020: rainbow beam, rainbow heart

This weekend, also, I finally decided to revamp my website (you might have noticed it already). Of course, the exercise ended up taking several days, and, yes, finishing touches still need to be applied. (working on that)

NYC Pride2020 evening pano. ©Alina Oswald.
A fire boat sails by ESB on the evening of NYC Pride 2020. ©Alina Oswald.

A few days ago I was interviewed about HIV and AIDS, Coronavirus, and Covid-19 in art, writing, and photography, for an upcoming, FREE, online summer course. Making Meaning in a Pandemic offers interesting material about Covid-19 and other pandemics. Check it out!

My Covid-19-related artwork was included in The Pandemic Archive Project.

NYC Pride 2020 fireworks next to a rainbow-lit ESB during NYC Pride 2020 evening. ©Alina Oswald.
NYC Pride 2020 fireworks next to a rainbow-lit ESB during NYC Pride 2020 evening. ©Alina Oswald.

Last month I was interviewed for ART in the KITCHEN podcast and talked about photographing the LGBTQ+ community.

NYC Pride 2020 Fireworks. ©Alina Oswald.
NYC Pride 2020 Fireworks. ©Alina Oswald.

This weekend I took a few snapshots of my brand-new Silence = Death t-shirt and mask. Working on a few self-portraits, too. (see a snapshot below)

So, there you have it. Six updates for the first six months of 2020. Can we dare think about what the second half of this year has in store for us?

Stay well and safe, and, as always, thanks for stopping by!

Alina Oswald


  1. Very creative B & W self-portrait.

    I find self-portraits quite hard to do, myself. But you’ve given me the inspiration to try some in B & W.


    1. Thank you! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your kind words! Yes, self-portraits can be quite challenging and time consuming (and I can’t pose for the life of me, lol!), but I believe that they help us self-(re)discover and/or (re)imagine ourselves, in a way. It’s liberating! I became interested in (b&w) self-portraiture (and photography, in general) some 15 years ago, upon discovering Kurt Weston’s Blind Vision series of b&w self-portraits (http://kurtweston.com/index2.html). So, yeah, I’m all for self-portraits 🙂

      Thank you again. Hope to see more of your photography.

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      1. Thanks for the link, Alina.

        A bit busy at the moment, as, this new apartment by the sea had some major flaws and I will be back to my old apartment and Frogs Hollow Nature Reserve next Monday 6th. Once I get unpacked (again!), I will be posting some more from my archives until I get some new images to share.


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