“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 [...]

Learning from Photographers

Learning from Photographers

What I've learned about photography and life from award-winning photographer Kurt Weston In 2005, I came across an award-winning photograph posted online. It was called "The Last Light" and featured a man with a drawn face and ghostly eyes. He was sitting in a chair with his back at a tall window. He appeared as [...]

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Under the Covid-19 Dome

Under the Covid-19 Dome

The story behind the image Today I'd like to share with you the story of an image I made last summer, during the Covid-19 quarantine. It's an image I called "Under the Covid-19 Dome" and one that was included in The Pandemic Archive Project. So, here it goes: I was out on the balcony, sipping [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Of Masks, Halloween and Coronavirus Pandemic

Of Masks, Halloween and Coronavirus Pandemic

Who's ready for Halloween this Covid-19 year? Not me, but then again, I've never been a fan of this particular holiday, not really. I've photographed and been part of Halloween-themed shows in NYC. Also, I used to photograph vampires and even had some images featured in a local show, in 2014; years ago I even [...]

Beyond the Fabulous

Beyond the Fabulous

Getting to know the LGBTQ+ community "Dear," "Darlin'," "Girlfriend," "Gorgeous,".... I've been called many names in my twenty years of covering the LGBTQ+ community. The names, themselves, always make me smile and remind me of good friends and individuals who care enough about me to try to make me smile, especially on days when smiling [...]

On Stock Photography

On Stock Photography

What to consider if thinking of photographing for and submitting to stock photo agencies In this age of Covid-19 and like many other creatives, I've found myself without (as many?) projects, contracts, and assignments. As a portrait, editorial and event photographer I haven't been able to photograph people, outdoors or indoors, and definitely not inside [...]

The Symbolism of 7pm [cheer] in a (post) Covid-19 World

The Symbolism of 7pm [cheer] in a (post) Covid-19 World

A visual interpretation of the meaning and symbolism of 7pm cheer for Covid-19 first responders during and post coronavirus pandemic "Silence Equals Death, so let's make some noise," I wrote in a 2012 interview with artist/activist Nancer LeMoins for A&U Magazine--America's AIDS Magazine. [As I also mentioned in my June 2019 A&U cover story, the [...]