Happy Hawaii Statehood Day!

Happy Hawaii Statehood Day!

Each year, Hawaii Statehood Day falls on the third Friday in August. Hence, this year, Hawaii Statehood Day or Admission Day is August 20, 2021. Here are a few images from the Aloha State: Aerial photography of smoking volcano. Big Island of Hawaii. Photo by Alina Oswald. Award-winning image of juried contest. SoHo Photo NYC [...]

More Learning from Photographers

More Learning from Photographers

...the story behind my obsession with (photographing) the VFT carnivore plant Here's an excerpt from my book, JOURNEYS THROUGH DARKNESS: A BIOGRAPHY of award-winning, legally blind photographer Kurt Weston: In 1993, Kurt Weston founded SWAN--Surviving With AIDS Network--a grassroots group that offered those living with HIV a safe place to be, socialize, and share their [...]

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, [...]

Photographing Sandy Hook Beach, NJ

Photographing Sandy Hook Beach, NJ

Recently I've discovered Sandy Hook beach, in New Jersey. As it turns out, it's the perfect place to simply be and breathe. I'm fascinated by this place. In a way, Sandy Hook beach has it all: nature, history, and views of the NYC skyline; it also offers a momentary escape from everyday reality, especially during [...]

Calm Imagery

Calm Imagery

Lately, I've noticed terms like "calm images" or "calming photography" or popping up in online searches. I think it makes sense, based on the rollercoaster so many of us have been through this the past year...years, actually. Hence, there's no surprise that we seek creative work that's more soothing and calming for the mind, body, [...]

Giving Thanks?

Giving Thanks?

Three Notes on November 24, 2020: Thoughts on "being thankful" this yearIdeas for photographing Thanksgiving in a time of COVID-19Remembering Freddie Mercury It's Thanksgiving week here in the U.S., a time when people acknowledge who they're thankful to and what they're thankful for. But this is 2020, a year that quite possible will help us [...]

On Stock Photography

On Stock Photography

What to consider if thinking of photographing for and submitting to stock photo agencies In this age of Covid-19 and like many other creatives, I've found myself without (as many?) projects, contracts, and assignments. As a portrait, editorial and event photographer I haven't been able to photograph people, outdoors or indoors, and definitely not inside [...]

How to Talk About Your Images

How to Talk About Your Images

Should you and (if yes) how to talk about your images, your creative work? The other day Facebook "reminded" me of a picture from a couple years ago, showing yours truly with her artwork at a gallery opening. Looking at it through the present Covid-19 lens, the image appeared to speak of a time long [...]

Photographing Hawaii

Photographing Hawaii

Today, August 4, is President Obama's birthday. Since he's a Hawaiian native, and also since August 21, only a few weeks from today, is Hawaii Statehood Day, here are a few images from the majestic, mesmerizing Aloha land, the land of rainbows: Leap of Faith: Leap of Faith. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.Leap [...]

Learning Through Photographs

Learning Through Photographs

Images as Sources of Information A picture is worth a thousand words, and much, much more. An image doesn't only tell a story, visually, but it can also be also a fountain of information. It helps us learn more about photography, for example, how to interpret an image or "read" the visual story it tells. [...]