Hindsight Is 2020

Hindsight Is 2020

And other lessons learned from this Covid-19 year Hindsight might be 20/20, and yet, through the Covid lens, it's more like 2020. Plagued by multiple, multi-layered crises, this year has provided us with indispensable lessons in and about life, as one of those defining moments that divide our world, our life into a before and [...]

2020 – My COVID-19 Year in Review

2020 – My COVID-19 Year in Review

This year might be drawing to an end, but the coronavirus pandemic defining it is far from over and not done playing havoc with our lives and in so many ways. When it comes to Covid-19, I consider myself one of the lucky ones, and yet, it's been a rough, tough, unforgivable year.... So, I'd [...]

Today Is the Day

Today Is the Day

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 is Election Day in the U.S.A.. If you haven't voted yet, vote while you still can. Today, November 3 is our last chance. VOTE BLUE 2020 masks. Square crop. ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved. Thank you! Also, a short note: I've written several versions of this post, but, in the end, [...]

Two Pandemics: Parallels and Sources of Inspiration

Two Pandemics: Parallels and Sources of Inspiration

Drawing parallels between AIDS and Covid-19 pandemics (or how HIV and AIDS has inspired creative work capturing Coronavirus and Covid-19) Several people, on different occasions, have asked me to talk about similarities and differences between the pandemic of the eighties (or the eighties' "plague," how Larry Kramer called it) and the current, Coronavirus pandemic. While [...]

Creative Work and Covid-19

Creative Work and Covid-19

Questions creatives might ask themselves in a time of Coronavirus pandemic Sometimes I think that this pandemic is a blessing in disguise, to some extent and in some strange way, that is. Coronavirus pandemic has really brought into focus many aspects of our lives and issues in our lives. As I might have mentioned in [...]

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 (People) During Coronavirus Pandemic?

Photographing (People) During Coronavirus Pandemic?

What to consider if/when resuming photographing people this Covid-19 summer? It's mid-July and Coronavirus is still very much with us. While some states have made significant progress "flattening the curve," others, not so much. Regardless of the state, Coronavirus is still everywhere in the air, invisible to the naked eye, and deadly. https://www.instagram.com/p/CBOgqwtjl4g/ "Under the [...]