Backbone

Backbone

A look back at my first photography show I only caught glimpses of the 2020 Summer Olympics closing ceremony this past Sunday, August 8, 2021. Yet, the date and the event itself, brought back memories. "Backbone in B&W" original image featured my solo photo show with the same name at 32 Jones Gallery, Jersey City, [...]

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 [...]

“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 Winter

Photographing Winter

Photographing the 2021 blizzard during the coronavirus pandemic February is here and so is the blizzard of 2021. Yesterday, snow and wind covered the NYC area, and it looks like it will be snowing some more today. This year, with the pandemic still upon us, I decided not to venture out, and, instead, to take [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

How to Talk About Your Images

How to Talk About Your Images

Should you and (if yes) how to talk about your images, your creative work? The other day Facebook "reminded" me of a picture from a couple years ago, showing yours truly with her artwork at a gallery opening. Looking at it through the present Covid-19 lens, the image appeared to speak of a time long [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]