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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Pandemic-Inspired Creative Work

Pandemic-Inspired Creative Work

On using creative work to capture pandemics such as HIV and AIDS, and the Coronavirus pandemic Oftentimes in life we have to face extreme situations--man- or nature-made--that, in turn, force us to look at life through a new lens, and compel us to capture the experience for ourselves and for those who come after us. [...]

Four Freedoms Park Photography

Four Freedoms Park Photography

Art as a Means for Exploring, Documenting and Learning from History While oftentimes underappreciated, art is perhaps a multi-layered, complex application of human creative expression. In many ways, art is a universal language; a way of self-expression; a tool through which we learn about history, document our present and dare to envision our future. Roosevelt [...]

2020: New Year’s Resolutions

2020: New Year’s Resolutions

2020 New Year's Resolutions Now that the holidays are over, the glitter swept away and quietly discarded, and the fireworks smoke dispersed in the night's air, we find ourselves "back to life, back to reality." 2020 New Year's fireworks celebrations. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved. The reality is that it's the year 2020. [...]

Work-Life Balance

Work-Life Balance

Visiting NY beaches, considering the meaning of work/life balance through a creative prism, taking a moment to "think different" while away from the everyday noise.