Photographing Pride

Photographing Pride

It's June, it's summer, and it's Pride Month. As I've covered and photographed Pride-related events for years, and have always found the experience uplifting, inspiring, and exciting. Last year, because of the pandemic, there were only virtual Pride events. This year, though, small Pride festivals and events are happening live, in person, again. If you're [...]

New York, NY

New York, NY

This past weekend was a holiday weekend--Memorial Day weekend--here, in the U.S.. It was a rainy, cold weekend, too. And yet, on Friday afternoon, cloudy as it was, I finally made it into the city for the first time in over a year and since the beginning of COVID. I love NYC and always will. [...]

Learning from Photographers

Learning from Photographers

What I've learned about photography and life from award-winning photographer Kurt Weston In 2005, I came across an award-winning photograph posted online. It was called "The Last Light" and featured a man with a drawn face and ghostly eyes. He was sitting in a chair with his back at a tall window. He appeared as [...]

Selling Photo Art Through Fine Art America

Selling Photo Art Through Fine Art America

Ok, so, I bit the bullet and upgraded to a Premium Fine Art America membership so that I can upload an unlimited number of images and better promote those images. After all, I need a dedicated online "home" for my for-sale images. While I'll continue to use my Alina Oswald website as my main website, [...]

Minimalist Photography

Minimalist Photography

During this coronavirus pandemic I've spent months organizing and reorganizing pretty much everything around the house, a la Marie Kondo. I've also become interested in minimalist living (not the extreme kind) and, in the process, realized that I've always been a minimalist to a certain degree. Recently, I've also discovered that there is such a [...]

On Investing in New Photo Gear…

On Investing in New Photo Gear…

In a COVID-vaccine (but not quite post-COVID) time Now that the coronavirus vaccines are here and people are actually getting vaccinated, there are signs that hope might not be all lost and that there might be life after COVID. But does that mean that, as photographers, we should go ahead and invest in new gear [...]

When Photographing People during COVID-19

When Photographing People during COVID-19

Safety measures to consider when photographing people in 2021 yet still during the Coronavirus pandemic Believe it or not, thanks to individuals who still refuse to wear masks or to wear masks correctly and keep a safe distance, the coronavirus pandemic is still upon us, and so are the never-ending but never-enforced lockdowns, shutdowns, and [...]

Ask an Author

Ask an Author

Over the years I've had the chance to interview and photograph amazing individuals, including writers and authors, award-winning authors, too. As photographers, as visual storytellers ourselves, we can learn a lot from them about painting with words and the art of storytelling itself. Here are a few examples of author interviews as well as book [...]

Ask an Activist

Ask an Activist

Photographing and interviewing ACT-UP activists March is not only Women's History Month, but it also marks the anniversary (the 34th this year) of ACT UP--the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power. Over the past twenty years, I've had the opportunity to meet, interview and photograph many LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS activists, many of them ACT UP activists. [...]

Quarantine Photography

Quarantine Photography

Photography ideas to help (some of) us get through the COVID-19 quarantine and ready for a post-pandemic world Now that vaccinations are happening, some of us dare to begin feeling hopeful, yet again. As life goes on, we soon discover a new and better kind of "normal," and maybe a better quality of life, overall. [...]