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 [...]

September 11 related Photography

September 11 related Photography

September 11, 2001 - September 11, 2021. For the past twenty years, we gather together on this day, 9/11, to light candles, bring flowers, commemorate and remember.... I've had the chance to photograph 9/11 ceremonies, commemorations, related events and memorials on September 11 of each year, as well as throughout the years. Here are a [...]

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 [...]

Photographing the 2021 Partial Solar Eclipse

Photographing the 2021 Partial Solar Eclipse

There was a solar eclipse a few days ago, on June 10, 2021, to be precise. It happened at sunrise, and we could only witness it as a partial solar eclipse, partially obscured by the clouds. Yet, that allowed me to photograph the eclipse without using any special filter. I do not own any ND [...]

New York, NY

New York, NY

This past weekend was a holiday weekend--Memorial Day weekend--here, in the U.S.. It was a rainy, cold weekend, too. And yet, on Friday afternoon, cloudy as it was, I finally made it into the city for the first time in over a year and since the beginning of COVID. I love NYC and always will. [...]

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 [...]

Creative Photography Ideas for the Holidays

Creative Photography Ideas for the Holidays

Holiday Lights Bokeh as Foreground, Background or Subject 'Tis the season yet, again, this year, and although I'm never in the holiday spirit, especially this Covid-19 year, this past weekend I did my part in putting up decorations and lights. Then, looking at the lights through my lens, I discovered the many stories that they're [...]

Angel in Central Park

Angel in Central Park

The story of a black-and-white Lensbaby photograph on World AIDS Day 2020 Angels in America has been a source of inspiration for many artists, in particular those capturing the AIDS pandemic of the eighties. The Bethesda angel is a symbolic figure at the center of Tony Kushner’s play, and, itself, a source of inspiration. Known [...]

The Week that Was…

The Week that Was…

Election Week 2020 For many of us, this past week was a string of never-ending days spent at the edge of our seats, holding our breath and hoping for the best, while mentally preparing ourselves for the worst, wondering about when and how it was going to end. It took several days, but eventually it [...]