Photographing the Pearl Harbor National Memorial

Photographing the Pearl Harbor National Memorial

December 7, 1941 - December 7, 2021 Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. This year we mark the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Years ago I had a chance to visit the Hawaii islands. While in Honolulu, I decided to take the bus to Pearl City, to visit the memorial. As I [...]

A Brief (#tbt) Interview with Photographer Kurt Weston

A Brief (#tbt) Interview with Photographer Kurt Weston

December 1 – World AIDS Day. Here’s yet another re-post (the third, just because it might be the charm :-)) – a brief Q&A with award-winning, legally blind photographer and AIDS activist Kurt Weston. Again, to learn more about his work, feel free to visit online at kurtweston.com.

#WorldAIDSDay #December1st #qanda #KurtWeston #photography

Alina Oswald

Kurt Weston at a Glance: A Brief Interview (a #tbt)

Many years ago, when I was working on Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography of award-winning, legally blind photographer Kurt Weston, I did an additional, brief q&a with my subject. Since Kurt Weston is an award-winning photographer, visual artist, and also HIV and LGBTQ+ activist, I’d like to share this interview here. I believe his answers are as relevant today, as they were years ago.

Kurt Weston’s REMEMBER: An AIDS Retrospective, opening night at OCCCA on WAD2018

Kurt Weston at a Glance – A Q&A with the Award-Wining Visual Artist

Q. Who is your hero?
A.
I have had many heroes throughout my life, but basically it is anyone who can take me to the next level of consciousness.

Q. What do you fear most?
A.
Unrestrained…

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Kurt Weston: The Making of the Blind Vision Photography Series

Kurt Weston: The Making of the Blind Vision Photography Series

December 1 – World AIDS Day. A few years ago, on WAD 2018, I was in California, a guest speaker at the opening of Kurt Weston’s photography show REMEMBER – An AIDS Retrospective. Here’s again a post about that night and show. To find out more about Kurt Weston and his amazing work, feel free to visit online at http://www.kurtweston.com. #remember #WorldAIDSDay #tbt

Alina Oswald

A look back at the Blind Vision series of black-and-white self-portraits by award-winning photographer Kurt Weston

I wrote about award-winning, legally blind photographer Kurt Weston and his Blind Vision series of black-and-white self-portraits, as well as about other images by the same artist in the November 2005 issue of A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine. Here are several excerpts from that article, “Warrior Within.”

Kurt Weston photography as displayed at the OCCCA show Remember: An AIDS Retrospective (12/1/18 – 12/29/18)

Photographer Kurt Weston sees his AIDS as a battle. And he needs to be a warrior willing to fight the virus that is destroying him.

“I never really wanted to just give up, even when I had the KS lesions. I think part of it was the fear of dying, but I didn’t just wait for it to happen,” he says, explaining his source of positive attitude during the course of…

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Kurt Weston’s Photography Show Remember: An AIDS Retrospective

Kurt Weston’s Photography Show Remember: An AIDS Retrospective

Today is December 1 – World AIDS Day 2021. Here’s again a #tbt post from a few years ago.

Alina Oswald

Remember: An AIDS Retrospective – Photography by Award-Winning Photographer Kurt Weston

This December 1, World AIDS Day 2018, I found myself at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, attending Kurt Weston‘s show, Remember: An AIDS Memorial. I was honored and humbled at the same time to be part of the AIDS Then & Now Panel Discussion, together with esteemed individuals and renowned HIV/AIDS advocates like Philip Yeager, Executive Director/CEO at Radiant Health Centers, and Dr. William Thompson IV, infectious disease and HIV specialist. The panel discussion was moderated by Kurt Weston, award-winning Visual AIDS artist, long-term HIV/AIDS survivor, and advocate.

I met Weston back in 2005, interviewed him several times for A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine, and wrote a biography about his art and life. This World AIDS Day at Remember: An AIDS Retrospective I found myself surrounded by Weston’s black-and-white photography, and by all its…

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On Submitting to Photo Contests

On Submitting to Photo Contests

Yesterday I posted a note announcing the new Out IN Jersey Magazine photo contest, FREE to submit. That brings up the question: how does an image-maker prepare to submit to photo contests? Here are a few things to consider: Some of my b&w nature photography on canvas as displayed at La Vie Galerie. Submission fee: [...]

Out IN Jersey Magazine Photo Contest

Out IN Jersey Magazine Photo Contest

A new photo contest FREE to enter I know, I know, the 2021 holiday season is upon us. Still, this time of year is also a time to think ahead at new possibilities and opportunities. Hence, how about trying your hand and submitting to a brand new (and FREE to enter) photography contest judged by [...]

Let’s Talk About Art

Let’s Talk About Art

So, yesterday, I had a wonderful, kinda impromptu meeting with New Jersey visual artist Joe LaMattina. We got together for coffee and a chat about art and the art of making art. It was a wonderful and much-needed break, a momentary escape from the craziness of life. And it was yet another reminder of how [...]

Water’s Soul at Night

Water’s Soul at Night

A couple of nights ago I finally made it to the waterfront, hoping to photograph the Water's Soul, only to find out that the park surrounding the sculpture closes at night. Hence, I couldn't get too close, but did capture a few images. https://www.instagram.com/p/CWUsMrYM1oA/ Water's Soul at Night. ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved. For more, [...]

Photographing Artist and Activist Wolfgang Busch at The A-List Awards 2021

Photographing Artist and Activist Wolfgang Busch at The A-List Awards 2021

Photographing the award-winning Art from the Heart owner, filmmaker, and LGBTQ+ activist Wolfgang Busch at The A-List award ceremony in Long Island, NY When award-winning activist and filmmaker Wolfgang Busch asked if I wanted to photograph him at this year's A-List Award ceremony in Long Island, NY, I wholeheartedly said "Yes!" I've always enjoyed interviewing [...]

Ask an Author

Ask an Author

November is already here! Since November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) here's a #tbt post from a few months ago: Ask an Author. Learning from books. ©Alina Oswald. Also, if you happen to be working on the first draft of a novel, memoir, or nonfiction book (or even a photography book, why not), November [...]