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

Haze. Sunrise over Manhattan. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Finding Your Artist Voice

How and Why to Find Your Artist's Voice   "You take all your emotions! All your anger, all your love, all your hate! And push it way down here into the pit of your stomach! And then let it explode, like a reactor! Pow!" says Subway Ghost character, played by Vincent Schiavelli (1948 - 2005) ...

Sunrise over Manhattan. Lensbaby Photography by Alina Oswald.

Lensbaby Photography

Thoughts on lensbaby photography: what's a lensbaby, how can one use it, what can one photograph with it

Through My Lens: Women and Their (Our) Legacy

Celebrating the Women in My Life on International Women's Day and Every Other Day Tomorrow, March 8, is International Women's Day. When I was a kid, I used to associate this day with (I guess International) Mother's Day. That's because my mom, and also my granny were the most important women in my life at ...

Mardi Gras: Photographing Street Festivals and Parades

Photographing Street Festivals and Parades Happy Mardi Gras! I've visited New Orleans several times so far, at times, around Mardi Gras. I love the beads, masks, and parades that take over the entire Crescent City. But Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday) is one of the street festivals some of us hope to attend and capture ...

Old New Orleans cajun rum

Crescent City

Many years ago, on my very first trip to New Orleans, I remember I drove past a sign which read: "NO Airport." I took me a moment to realize that that meant "New Orleans Airport." New Orleans goes by other names. Many might know NOLA as Crescent City, the Big Easy or Mardi Gras City. ...


When Clients “Forget” to Pay

As creatives, we might be the only professionals who are asked, expected even, to work for free. Nobody would ever dare ask a doctor or a lawyer or a technician to work for free, no matter their seniority. And so, why is that people (most people anyway) consider that it's OK to ask creatives--photographers, writers, ...

Wedding and Engagement Photography by Alina Oswald.

On Fashion Photography

(Experimenting with) Photographing Fashion   I photograph men. Sometimes, I photograph fashion, mostly men's fashion. Over the years I've shot several teen fashion shows for Hudson Pride Connections, in Jersey City, a few years back, and then the new collection of an (then) up and coming young designer in New York City. More recently, I ...