Happy New Year!

"I'm Still Standing" ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

How was your holiday season? Are you happy it’s finally over? Ready for a kinder and gentler (new) year?

…That said, while 2022 is still visible in the rear-view mirror, here are a few highlights from the year that was:

As I became the arts editor of Out IN Jersey Magazine (I’ve been a contributing writer and photographer since 2006 :-)) I had the chance to run a photo contest and a related podcast. Read more about (and/or listen to) it here and here. Also, for those interested in submitting to photo contests in general, check out this blog post.

In addition, 2022 marked Out IN Jersey Magazine‘s 20th anniversary. So…Happy Anniversary! to a wonderful publication. I’m so honored to be part of the OIJ team.

JC Pride Fest ©Alina Oswald
JC Pride festival. The rainbow flag and the Katyn memorial, in Jersey City, NJ. ©Alina Oswald.

Unexpectedly, I became the managing editor of A&U: Art & Understanding Magazine. While I greatly cherished the experience, (which in so many ways, was a dream come true), unfortunately, it was short-lived for reasons beyond my control. (After 19 years of contributing to A&U as a writer, photographer, and arts editor, it was deeply sad and heartbreaking to have to say goodbye…but that’s a story for another time, perhaps).

Here are a few covers I photographed and interviewed for A&U, the last two (Ron B. and Wolfgang Busch during this past year, as managing editor)

In addition, I’ve been teaching photography and photography-related workshops and courses in person and online, in classroom settings, and one on one, as well as photo tours. If you’re interested to find out more, please take a look and feel free to contact me. Also, I offer discounts if you contact me by January 31, 2023. Check it out!

In the New Year, I will continue the work that I’ve been doing for 20 years–that is covering stories about HIV and AIDS, the LGBTQ+ community, equal rights, art and activism, as well as women’s rights. Especially nowadays it’s even more important to cover women’s rights! I will continue to photograph and write (much more), and also learn, hopefully not the hard way.

I wish you all a healthy and Happy New Year! A special thank-you note to my readers and followers.

Thank you all for stopping by, and if you ever want to contact me, please don’t hesitate to do so.

Alina Oswald

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