Water’s Soul

Water’s Soul

a preview A new sculpture has recently appeared on one of Jersey City's piers. Representing a giant, very white and very bright head of a young woman with her index finger touching her lips, in a shhhh-like gesture, the 80-ft sculpture by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa was, until recently, surrounded by cranes and other construction [...]

One Night in September

One Night in September

Photographing the 9/11 Tribute Lights I was going to call this post "One Day in September," but I'm still working on images from this past Saturday (the 20th anniversary of 9/11), hence, for now, here are a few shots I captured the night of September 11, 2021. September 11 Tribute Lights illuminate the Lower Manhattan [...]

September 11 – Twenty Years Later

September 11 – Twenty Years Later

9/11 Tribute Lights, 2021. ©Alina Oswald. Today is September 11, 2021. To this day, we still remember where we were and what we were doing on this day, twenty years ago. (I was teaching a classroom full of students, when a school official stepped inside the room and whispered to me that two planes had [...]

9/11-related Photography

9/11-related Photography

Strolling through the World Trade Center area, in New York City, always brings back memories. It's peaceful and also bittersweet. It offers an escape into a universe frozen in time and place, and yet still evolving, a metaphorical and physical place where we can still mourn, recollect our thoughts and selves, and where we can [...]

World Trade Center

World Trade Center

Photographing the World Trade Center area in New York City Tomorrow is the first day of September. For twenty years I've looked at this date, September 1, as the beginning of a countdown to a sad day, September 11. For almost twenty years I’ve photographed the 9/11 ceremonies and commemorations, and plan on doing the [...]

“I’m Still Standing”

“I’m Still Standing”

...at least for now https://www.instagram.com/p/CQ6lXYdjMzh/ ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved. This #tbt image shows a fireworks display turning into a wave of thick, dark smoke about to engulf Lady Liberty. Yet, she's still standing, facing the threat head on. Her torch, while seemingly insignificant next to the wave, reminds of a flicker of hope showing [...]

Photographing Fireworks

Photographing Fireworks

Here, in the U.S., this past weekend we celebrated Independence Day. This year we could gather outside again to ooh and aah at the magnificent fireworks display over the New York City area. There were lots of people, as you can see in the images posted below, hence, I did wear a mask at all [...]

Pride Month. Strawberry Moon. More Life.

Pride Month. Strawberry Moon. More Life.

Summer is my favorite season. June is almost over, and what a busy, hectic month it has been! Freedom Tower Antenna in Rainbow Colors for NYC Pride 2021. ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved. So much happening, especially in this past (and last week of June): Pride Day fell on the same day as National HIV [...]

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 [...]