“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 [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

Photographing the Holiday Season

Photographing the Holiday Season

Holiday lights, season and spirit in images and memories This past weekend I helped decorate the tree for the holidays. While I'm not into decorations of any kind and find the holidays extremely depressing (especially this Covid-19 year!), I also see them as a bittersweet reminder of bygone days, of a simpler, yet worry-free life. [...]

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 [...]

Angel in Central Park

Angel in Central Park

The story of a black-and-white Lensbaby photograph on World AIDS Day 2020 Angels in America has been a source of inspiration for many artists, in particular those capturing the AIDS pandemic of the eighties. The Bethesda angel is a symbolic figure at the center of Tony Kushner’s play, and, itself, a source of inspiration. Known [...]

The Week that Was…

The Week that Was…

Election Week 2020 For many of us, this past week was a string of never-ending days spent at the edge of our seats, holding our breath and hoping for the best, while mentally preparing ourselves for the worst, wondering about when and how it was going to end. It took several days, but eventually it [...]