Dos & Don’ts

Dos & Don’ts

...of freelance-client relationships Ah, the small things in life.... This past weekend I read a book just to give my mind a break, no strings attached. I needed it for my sanity, and it allowed me the time to rethink my to-do and to-don't lists for the near and not-so-near future. That, in turn, helped [...]

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 [...]

Finding Inspiration in a Time of COVID

Finding Inspiration in a Time of COVID

Today's question is a simple one: Where do you find inspiration for your creative work in a time of Covid-19? And, as a follow-up question: What draws you to those particular sources of inspiration? The pandemic has impacted, and also inspired my work, writing and photography, and the way I look at my work--not only [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Coronavirus…a Blessing in Disguise?

Coronavirus…a Blessing in Disguise?

Can you still recall how excited you were about the beginning of the year? Can you still recall your New Year's resolutions? Have you had a chance or strength or motivation to accomplish any of those resolutions? And how about that 2020 vision? Maybe "plagued" might be a more appropriate word to describe this year. [...]

Talk with Your Hands

Talk with Your Hands

A new photo book provides a snapshot of a new series of black-and-white photography that explores the role of gesture in communication and self-expression in a world pre- and post-Coronavirus pandemic As I might have mentioned in previous posts, ever since the beginning of this year I've been working, on and off, on a series [...]

Creative Work and Covid-19

Creative Work and Covid-19

Questions creatives might ask themselves in a time of Coronavirus pandemic Sometimes I think that this pandemic is a blessing in disguise, to some extent and in some strange way, that is. Coronavirus pandemic has really brought into focus many aspects of our lives and issues in our lives. As I might have mentioned in [...]

Quarantine Self-Portraits

Quarantine Self-Portraits

A visual representation of the evolution of mental distress caused by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic I've thought about photographing pain (physical and mental) in a series of self-portraits, but found it difficult to capture pain, in action, as it targets one's own self, mind, and body. Thinking of pain and how we perceive ourselves and [...]

TTL: Covid-19 Juxtapositions

TTL: Covid-19 Juxtapositions

A look at life (so far) during Covid-19 and related creative work It's the day after Memorial Day weekend here in the U.S., which usually means that summer is "unofficially" here. Yet, this year there's nothing "usual" about anything, it seems. Also, there's nothing resembling summer (summertime, summer lazy afternoons, etc.) either, not this past [...]