All posts by Alina Oswald

Alina Oswald is a writer, photographer and educator documenting the AIDS pandemic and the LGBTQ+ community. She is a member of the Undetectable flash collective, Arts Editor of A&U Magazine--America's AIDS Magazine, and columnist at Out IN Jersey Magazine. She's also the author of Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography of award-winning, legally blind photographer and HIV/AIDS activist Kurt Weston. She often get to talk about HIV and AIDS, photography, and women empowerment as a guest on Ron B's No Boundaries show, at MNN, and HIV-inspired art openings, such as Kurt Weston's show, Remember: An AIDS Retrospective, at OCCCA. Alina Oswald's work has appeared in national and international publications, as well as in New York City shows and galleries, including Fresh Fruit Festival at Leslie-Lohman Museum, Postcards from the Edge at Visual AIDS, and Soho Photo Gallery. She also teaches photography and covers portraits, editorials, events, and promotional photography, as well as nature and the environment. Contact her at alinaoswald.com.

Slow motion live lava backlights a tree branch. Volcano National Park. Big Island of Hawaii. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Photographing Lava

A Few Notes on Lava Photography Lately, Pele, the goddess of fire, has been showing itself to us in all its fiery glory. Hence, those usually photographing and/or reporting on lava flow on a regular basis have been quite busy, and (I guess) excited. But what about the rest of us, those of us interested ...

Manhattan Skyline. Pinhole photography by Alina Oswald

Pinhole Photography

On Pinhole Photography   In April many photographers celebrate World Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD) by taking, you guessed, pinhole photographs. WPPD falls on the last Sunday of April. This year, WPPD falls on April 30, 2017, only a few days away. I first learned about pinhole photography and WPPD a few years ago, at B&H. ...

Lensbaby Velvet Photography

Photographing with a Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Macro Lens   In a previous Lensbaby Photography I talked about my experience photographing with a Lensbaby Composer. I've had the Lensbaby Composer for several years. Recently, I had the chance to test out a newer Lensbaby model. That is, the Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6. First impressions: This ...

What’s in a Name

What's in a Name: How and why you should title your artwork There are few, if any, books or articles called Untitled. On the other hand, though, there are plenty of untitled visual art pieces. This reminds me of the words a seasoned photographer once said. To paraphrase: sometimes, leaving your images untitled is as ...

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On Aerial Photography

My Thoughts on Aerial Photography   In last week's post I mentioned photographing projects related to luxury air travel, an extravagant, elegant way one might choose to travel. In today's post I'd like to talk about another kind of air excursion--that is, a more affordable one, involving no doors, motion sickness, and breathtaking views that ...

Luxury Travel and Other Photo Projects

Working on Luxury Travel (and Similar) Photography Projects   As a photographer, I usually cover portraits and editorials. Sometimes I work with other artists, covering the photography or photo editing and retouching side of a much bigger and more complex project. Some other times I get to photograph engagements and weddings. And every once in ...

Boat reaching the shore.

On Finding Your Audience

Thoughts on finding your audience as an artist Last week I wrote about finding your artist's voice. This week, I'd like to touch on the importance of finding your audience, as an artist, and why I think it's important to find and have an audience. I believe that finding your voice, as an artist, helps ...