Water’s Soul

Water’s  Soul

A Closer Look In my previous post I mentioned the new Water's Soul sculpture by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa that opened to the public on a Jersey City pier. I finally made it to the sculpture and was able to capture a few images. For now, here are a few close-up shots. More to follow [...]

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 [...]

World Trade Center

World Trade Center

Photographing the World Trade Center area in New York City Tomorrow is the first day of September. For twenty years I've looked at this date, September 1, as the beginning of a countdown to a sad day, September 11. For almost twenty years I’ve photographed the 9/11 ceremonies and commemorations, and plan on doing the [...]

Minimalist Photography

Minimalist Photography

During this coronavirus pandemic I've spent months organizing and reorganizing pretty much everything around the house, a la Marie Kondo. I've also become interested in minimalist living (not the extreme kind) and, in the process, realized that I've always been a minimalist to a certain degree. Recently, I've also discovered that there is such a [...]

Quarantine Photography

Quarantine Photography

Photography ideas to help (some of) us get through the COVID-19 quarantine and ready for a post-pandemic world Now that vaccinations are happening, some of us dare to begin feeling hopeful, yet again. As life goes on, we soon discover a new and better kind of "normal," and maybe a better quality of life, overall. [...]

Photographing Men

Photographing Men

Every time I'd take a hands-on photography workshop where attendees can photograph live models, more often than not those models are young women. Nothing wrong with that, but I've always photographed men and, really, mostly individuals from the LGBTQ+ community, including activists, artists, and friends. I've covered the community for almost twenty years now and [...]

Warrior Within

Warrior Within

A #tbt interview with award-winning, legally blind photographer Kurt Weston, originally published in A&U Magazine--America's AIDS Magazine Some fifteen years ago, I came across a contest looking for works by visual artists and writers. The contest was called Unfinished Works and featured a black-and-white photograph--The Last Light, by Kurt Weston. Although I didn't know it [...]

Dark Mood in Photography

Dark Mood in Photography

As I often find myself on the darker side of life, I also capture images that evoke a darker, more somber mood. Today I'd like to share a few examples of dark-mood photography, as well as a few links to some of my previous posts about capturing mood in photography. https://www.instagram.com/p/CCuF43hDrn2/ Here are a few [...]