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/ ]
January 12th, 2021
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: https://alinaoswald.com/2021/01/12/how-i-made-that-shot/
December 2nd, 2020
On World AIDS Day 2020, a post about the making of Angel in Central Park black-and-white Lensbaby photograph, the history of the Bethesda fountain sculpture in Central Park, NYC, and its role and symbolism in the play (and HBO movie) Angels In America.
Angel in Central Park
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 as the Angel of the Waters, the fountain sculpture designed by Emma Stebbins in 1868 hints at a Bible story of Christ healing of the paralytic at the pool of Bethesda. As it watches over Central Park, in New York City, the angel also alludes to the Croton Aqueduct, the first water distribution system (1842) to provide clean, drinking water to the city. In the context of Angels in America, the angel fountain sculpture becomes a symbol of hope, of a possible healing for those struggling to survive HIV and AIDS during the darkest years of that pandemic. [read more at https://alinaoswald.com/2020/12/01/angel-in-central-park-the-story-of-a-photograph/]
September 29th, 2020
Can you still recall how excited you were about the beginning of the year? Can you still recall your New Year’s resolutions? Have you had a chance or strength or motivation to accomplish any of those resolutions? And how about that 2020 vision?
Maybe “plagued” might be a more appropriate word to describe this year. The pandemic has altered our lives in profound, horrible and terrifying ways. Yet, at least in part, it has also been a blessing in disguise. Let me explain….
[Read more at: https://alinaoswald.com/2020/09/29/coronavirus-a-blessing-in-disguise/ ]
September 8th, 2020
How I made that shot and the story behind my “No Surrender” image
Those of you reading this blog might recall some of my previous posts mentioning a new series of hand portraits and self-portraits, which is still very much a work in progress. Here’s the story behind one of the images in this series–No Surrender.
Read more at https://alinaoswald.com/2020/09/08/no-surrender-the-story-behind-the-image/
September 1st, 2020
Drawing parallels between AIDS and Covid-19 pandemics
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 I’ve covered HIV and AIDS for almost twenty years, I’ve just started capturing the present pandemic, for obvious reasons.
Read more: https://alinaoswald.com/2020/09/01/documenting-pandemics/
September 1st, 2020
Should you and (if yes) how to talk about your images, your creative work?
The other day Facebook “reminded” me of a picture from a couple years ago, showing yours truly with her artwork at a gallery opening. Looking at it through the present Covid-19 lens, the image appeared to speak of a time long ago and another life…. It also brought to mind the idea of creatives talking (or not) about their work, especially at art shows, when meeting face to face people interested in their work, potentially.
Read more at: https://alinaoswald.com/2020/08/25/talk-about-your-images/
September 1st, 2020
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 a previous post, it has put things into perspective for yours truly and maybe for others, too. Hasn’t it?
Read more at: https://alinaoswald.com/2020/08/18/creative-qa-during-coronavirus-pandemic/
August 11th, 2020
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 others through the filter of pain, and in particular through its most recent 2020 lens, I feel that the Coronavirus pandemic has unveiled a raw and real, individual and collective portrait of pain, and transformed many people’s lives…and stopped lives, too.
In the spirit of #2020challenge here’s a version of this transformation so far, as perceived through my own eyes:
August 4th, 2020
It's August, Hawaii's statehood month. Here are a few images from the majestic, mesmerizing Aloha land, the land of rainbows: https://alinaoswald.com/2020/08/04/hawaii-in-images/