One Night in September

One Night in September

Photographing the 9/11 Tribute Lights I was going to call this post "One Day in September," but I'm still working on images from this past Saturday (the 20th anniversary of 9/11), hence, for now, here are a few shots I captured the night of September 11, 2021. September 11 Tribute Lights illuminate the Lower Manhattan [...]

September 11 – Twenty Years Later

September 11 – Twenty Years Later

9/11 Tribute Lights, 2021. ©Alina Oswald. Today is September 11, 2021. To this day, we still remember where we were and what we were doing on this day, twenty years ago. (I was teaching a classroom full of students, when a school official stepped inside the room and whispered to me that two planes had [...]

Hurricane Henri

Hurricane Henri

We had an eventful weekend here, in the NYC area. JC Pride Fest was on Saturday, and then Hurricane Henri on Sunday. Every time a hurricane or tropical depression reaches us, it makes me think of Hurricane Sandy and the disaster it brought to our area. SANDY TALES By Alina Oswald Luckily, Henri was a [...]

Happy Hawaii Statehood Day!

Happy Hawaii Statehood Day!

Each year, Hawaii Statehood Day falls on the third Friday in August. Hence, this year, Hawaii Statehood Day or Admission Day is August 20, 2021. Here are a few images from the Aloha State: Aerial photography of smoking volcano. Big Island of Hawaii. Photo by Alina Oswald. Award-winning image of juried contest. SoHo Photo NYC [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 Fireworks

Photographing Fireworks

Here, in the U.S., this past weekend we celebrated Independence Day. This year we could gather outside again to ooh and aah at the magnificent fireworks display over the New York City area. There were lots of people, as you can see in the images posted below, hence, I did wear a mask at all [...]

Pride Month. Strawberry Moon. More Life.

Pride Month. Strawberry Moon. More Life.

Summer is my favorite season. June is almost over, and what a busy, hectic month it has been! Freedom Tower Antenna in Rainbow Colors for NYC Pride 2021. ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved. So much happening, especially in this past (and last week of June): Pride Day fell on the same day as National HIV [...]