Ask an Author

Ask an Author

November is already here! Since November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) here's a #tbt post from a few months ago: Ask an Author. Learning from books. ©Alina Oswald. Also, if you happen to be working on the first draft of a novel, memoir, or nonfiction book (or even a photography book, why not), November [...]

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 [...]

Learning from Photographers

Learning from Photographers

What I've learned about photography and life from award-winning photographer Kurt Weston In 2005, I came across an award-winning photograph posted online. It was called "The Last Light" and featured a man with a drawn face and ghostly eyes. He was sitting in a chair with his back at a tall window. He appeared as [...]

Ask an Author

Ask an Author

Over the years I've had the chance to interview and photograph amazing individuals, including writers and authors, award-winning authors, too. As photographers, as visual storytellers ourselves, we can learn a lot from them about painting with words and the art of storytelling itself. Here are a few examples of author interviews as well as book [...]

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. [...]

Abys Among Us

Abys Among Us

In this special post, award-winning author T.J. Banks talks about her new book, rescue cats, Halloween and COVID-19 Almost twenty years ago I had a chance to read and review Souleiado, a time-travel novel by T.J. Banks. I'm not into reading time-travel stories, but Souleiado is not your usual time-travel story, but rather a profound, [...]

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 [...]

The Shadow Diaries

The Shadow Diaries

In this special post and with the help of author Joseph Pittman, Shadow, the Greyador rescue dog, shares stories from his new book, THE SHADOW DIARIES It's mid-September and this pandemic is still not over, and it seems that it will be with us for a long while. So, in an attempt to brighten our [...]

“No Surrender” – The Story Behind the Image

“No Surrender” – The Story Behind the Image

How I made that shot and the story behind my "No Surrender" image Those of you reading this blog might recall some of my previous posts mentioning a new series of hand portraits and self-portraits, which is still very much a work in progress. Here's the story behind one of the images in this series--No [...]