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.

Valentine’s Day – Photographing Love

Happy Valentine's Day! Today, in particular, most of us celebrate love...or maybe lack thereof. But how do we, creatives, define love (or lack thereof) and how do we express or capture love in our work? That depends on what kind of art form we use to talk about love. First thing that comes to mind ...

On Mood as Muse

On Mood as Muse (or maybe The Moody Muse): How our mood affects our work and what we can do about it   Like it or not, our mood affects our daily lives--personal and professional. I believe that mood has an even greater impact on our creative work. That's because as creatives, we must make ...

A Few of My Favorite Things

Working on "Must-Do" and "Wish-To-Do" Projects - An Ongoing Balancing Act   I guess we all know it. In life, there is what we need to do, and then there's what we'd rather do; a must-do list, and a wish list. I think that, for the most part, deadlines help us keep an eye on ...

Notes on Writing the Artist Statement

On Writing about Photography: Drafting the Artist Statement Writers would rather write an article or essay than a query letter to an editor to pitch that article or essay. They'd rather write a book than a synopsis. That's because it often seems to be so much harder to write a one-page query letter than a ...

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On Photographing Weddings

Photographing Weddings - A Comprehensive Photographic Experience Although I've been photographing for publications and small businesses for several years now, I've started shooting weddings only a few short years ago. The experience (of shooting weddings, especially as a main photographer) can be quite overwhelming, but it can also teach you a lot, and not only ...

Self-Portraits. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

What I Would Tell My Younger Self

Note to self, at the beginning of the New Year A couple of years ago I was at an event at Symposia bookstore, in Hoboken, New Jersey. By the way, thanks to its dedicated manager, Carmen Rusu, Symposia is the place to be while in Hoboken. A block away from the waterfront, Symposia offers an ...

Photographing Pets

Dog and Cat Photography I usually photograph portraits, mostly men, editorials, and engagements and weddings. Every once in a while, I get to photograph pets, by themselves or with their owners, for business and for fun. I love animals, dogs in particular. Photographing pets can be fun. It usually puts me in a good mood--I ...