September 16th, 2021
Photographing the September 11 Tribute Lights on the 20th anniversary of the attacks.
September 1st, 2021
Walking around the World Trade Center area, in New York City, photographing the Oculus, the Freedom Tower, and the 9/11 Memorial.
June 29th, 2021
So much happening, especially in this past (and last week of June):
Pride Day fell on the same day as National HIV Testing Day this year, 6/27; there were a few Pride events in NYC, yet no fireworks…
More Life, a series of art shows highlighting HIV and AIDS counternarratives opened in Manhattan: check out a few images below as well as my article published in A&U Magazine to find out more
strawberry moon also highlighted the week, and I took a few pictures of it, too
also, my cover story and related photography for the Pride issue of Out IN Jersey will hopefully finally be posted online, and I’ll share the link as soon as it’s made available
and, last, not least, Fourth of July is coming up in a short few days; check out my post about photographing fireworks.
Read more at https://alinaoswald.com/2021/06/29/more-life-pride-month-strawberry-moon/
June 24th, 2021
Check out my latest article published in A&U Magazine--America's AIDS Magazine. COUNTERnarrative focuses on HIV and AIDS counternarratives captured in More Life, a series of exhibitions opening this summer at David Zwirner Gallery, in New York City. Read more at: https://aumag.org/2021/06/23/more-life/
May 26th, 2021
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 thing as “minimalist photography.” So, what exactly is minimalist photography?
Read more at https://alinaoswald.com/2021/05/11/minimalist-photography/
May 26th, 2021
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 if at a crossroads, about to follow a path unfolding in front of him, beyond the visual sphere of the photograph.
Read more at https://alinaoswald.com/2021/05/25/learning-from-photographers/
March 30th, 2021
The Activists - Stories in Words and Images
March is not only Women’s History Month, but it also marks the anniversary (the 34th this year) of ACT UP–the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power. Over the past twenty years, I’ve had the opportunity to meet, interview and photograph many LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS activists, many of them ACT UP activists. In the process, I’ve discovered mentors and role models.
Here are a few of my interviews and photo shoots with ACT UP activists. Hope that their stories of resilience will inspire you, too.
Read more at https://alinaoswald.com/2021/03/30/activist-stories/
March 9th, 2021
Over the years I’ve interviewed many photographers and learned a lot along the way, not only about photography, but also about art and activism, history and culture, and life, in general. Today, I’d like to share several of those interviews with you. Read more at https://alinaoswald.com/2021/03/09/interviews-with-photographers/ .
March 5th, 2021
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 at the time, that moment was about to forever change my life in the most amazing ways. I ended up getting in touch with the photographer, Kurt Weston for a first interview. I’ve had the chance to interview him several times since then, and we even collaborated on a book.
Here’s an excerpt focusing on “The Last Light” photograph from Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography of award-winning, legally blind photographer Kurt Weston:
Read more at: https://alinaoswald.com/2021/03/02/warrior-within/
February 16th, 2021
Photographing Mardi Gras while at home during Covid-19 quarantine
Happy Mardi Gras! I have to confess, I love New Orleans. It’s a phenomenal city that also goes by names like The Big Easy, Crescent City, or the City of the Dead. I’ve visited several times, but never during Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday). Yet, this year, with the pandemic still upon us, most of us celebrate Mardi Gras at home.
But how do we photograph Mardi Gras while in quarantine?
You don’t have to live in New Orleans to add a few carnival colors to your life. Rather, you can use Mardi Gras decorations to add a hint of NOLA to your living quarters. Decorations can include beads, masks, mostly in purple (for justice), green (faith), and gold (power).
[Read more at: https://alinaoswald.com/2021/02/16/happy-mardi-gras-2021/ ]