Category: the freelance life

Rainbow Flag at Night

Photographing Pride Month

On covering Pride Month and the LGBTQ+ community People often ask me why I'm so interested in covering LGBTQ+ related stories? Why do I cover HIV and AIDS stories? Storefront decorated for JC Pride Fest 2018. Photo by Alina Oswald. While covering HIV and AIDS, I've met many wonderful individuals, members of the LGBTQ+ community. ...

Act up. Fight Back. Hand portrait in black and white by Alina Oswald.

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 ...

Covid-19 Shadows - pano. ©Alina Oswald.

Covid-19 Shadows

Finding Inspiration Documenting the Coronavirus pandemic To be honest, I love writing this weekly blog. It gives me something to think about, to plan and put into words and pictures. Sometimes it even gives me ideas of what to blog about "next week." And so for this week, I'd like to share with you a ...

"The Ghost of Covid-19" Each evening at 7pm people appear on their balconies to clap, cheer and make noise for the Covid-19 first responders. ©Alina Oswald.

Quarantine Portraits

It's already May and Coronavirus is still with us. While still in quarantine and unable to photograph people or anything involving people, I try to capture Covid-19 life as it unfolds around me. In the process, I end up photographing neighborhood places, nature, details of any kind that happen to catch my eye, self-portraits and, ...

A Covid-19 May 1 in Liberty State Park. ©Alina Oswald.

Liberty State Park – A Covid-19 Photo Essay

A Covid-19 May 1 in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ

Studio Lights. ©Alina Oswald.

What to Photograph

Photo Project Ideas in a Time of Covid-19

Hang Loose (like a mongoose). Hawaii handshake and touch-free handshake. Hand self-portraits in black and white. ©Alina Oswald.

Hand Portraits – Revisited

On the Renewed Significance and Symbolism of Photographing Hands--Hand Portraits and Gestures--in a Time of Covid-19 Months ago I started working on a new hand portrait series. At the time, I had more of an activism purpose in mind for this particular body of work. But then Covid-19 happened and it slightly started to reshape ...