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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

Ask a Photographer

Ask a Photographer

Interviewing photographers

Warrior Within

Warrior Within

A #tbt interview with award-winning, legally blind photographer Kurt Weston, originally published in A&U Magazine--America's AIDS Magazine Some fifteen years ago, I came across a contest looking for works by visual artists and writers. The contest was called Unfinished Works and featured a black-and-white photograph--The Last Light, by Kurt Weston. Although I didn't know it [...]

Under the Covid-19 Dome

Under the Covid-19 Dome

The story behind the image Today I'd like to share with you the story of an image I made last summer, during the Covid-19 quarantine. It's an image I called "Under the Covid-19 Dome" and one that was included in The Pandemic Archive Project. So, here it goes: I was out on the balcony, sipping [...]

2021 Resolutions

2021 Resolutions

Showing and selling your images online, and other resolutions Happy New Year! We start each year making plans and promises (mostly to ourselves) to guide us through yet another chapter in our lives. Yet, in a post-2020 world, with corona virus still among us, are we really ready for this New Year's resolutions? And yet, [...]

2020 – My COVID-19 Year in Review

2020 – My COVID-19 Year in Review

This year might be drawing to an end, but the coronavirus pandemic defining it is far from over and not done playing havoc with our lives and in so many ways. When it comes to Covid-19, I consider myself one of the lucky ones, and yet, it's been a rough, tough, unforgivable year.... So, I'd [...]

Today Is the Day

Today Is the Day

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 is Election Day in the U.S.A.. If you haven't voted yet, vote while you still can. Today, November 3 is our last chance. VOTE BLUE 2020 masks. Square crop. ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved. Thank you! Also, a short note: I've written several versions of this post, but, in the end, [...]