Monday, October 29, 2012

Awaiting Hurricane Sandy

Awaiting Hurricane Sandy

Monday, October 29th, 2012

The wind woke me up this morning. It was still dark outside. Moments later, rain started splashing against my window. Daylight made its way in shy slivers of dim light... and offered a hint of the reality of the day. Sandy Day. Yet each hour turns the day darker and grayer, heavier with water and wind. Then waves start spilling over, splashing the waterfront.

Here are a few images taken while awaiting for Superstorm Sandy:

Before Sunrise: Manhattan cityscape before the arrival of hurricane Sandy. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Morning of the Storm--Before Sunrise: NYC cityscape before the arrival of hurricane Sandy. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
As I post this image, there's nothing left of the calm before the storm of this morning. The wind has intensified. Water levels are not that high, but the waves are. Everything is grey and wet. The only sound around is that of the wind, a furious wind ripping through the city... My fingertips, slightly tapping the windows, can feel its rage.

A few people are still on the streets, taking pictures with the wild waves as background or going home, hands full with grocery bags.
While awaiting Hurricane Sandy, waves reach people taking pictures on Jersey waterfront. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Hurricane Sandy: High Waters. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved. I had to crop this image. Only hours from the brunt of Hurricane Sandy, Hudson waves splash and spill over Jersey waterfront, while, a few steps, people (one with a small child) are taking pictures.
Police arrived at the scene, flashing lights and siren and everything. Told them to leave. They returned a few hours later. Police returned, too...

Hurricane Sandy: Hudson water rising, taking over piers in NYC Metro area. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Hurricane Sandy: Hudson water rising, engulfing piers in NYC Metro area. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Hurricane Sandy: Hudson water rising, engulfing piers in NYC Metro area. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Hurricane Sandy Photography: Piers under water--Hudson water rising, engulfing piers in NYC Metro area. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Still, earlier today I saw a guy on a bike, people walking their dogs, just one more time...

In preparation for hurricane Sandy, pipes were pulled in on Jersey waterfront, ready to be used. Photo by Alina Oswald.
In preparation for hurricane Sandy, pipes were pulled in on Jersey waterfront, ready to be used. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Water levels are rising. Boats are still on the Hudson. Police trucks carrying sand bags take over the streets, only for a moment. Then the sirens vanish away.

Wind is picking up. So does the water. Is it time to get serious?

Be well, stay safe!

Thanks for visiting!

Alina Oswald
Author of SANDY TALES: SNAPSHOTS FROM A HURRICANE


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sandy Prep: Preparations for Hurricane Sandy

Sandy Prep: Preparations for Hurricane Sandy

Anticipating that I may be inside for the following days, I took a short walk this morning, to see what's going on. Day was gray. Air was cold. Wind was blowing everywhere and water level was on the rise.

But it seemed that there was some activity along the Hudson. Here are a few Hurricane Sandy prep images:

Hurricane Sandy: equipment awaiting in the parking lot. Photo by Alina Oswald
Hurricane Sandy Preparations: ready in the parking lot. Photo by Alina Oswald

Dead Leaves Dancing, Twisting as if in a Tornado in an Empty Parking Lot, as if Announcing the Arrival of Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Alina Oswald
Dead Leaves Dancing, Twisting as if in a Tornado in an Empty Parking Lot, as if Announcing the Arrival of Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Alina Oswald



Workers Piling Up Sand Bags in Preparation for Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Workers Piling Up Sand Bags in Preparation for Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Workers Piling Up Sand Bags in Preparation for Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Alina Oswald.


Jersey Shore (Liberty State Park, Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty) Awaiting Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Jersey Shore (Liberty State Park, Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty) Awaiting Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Hope you all are safe. Have food, water, batteries, etc.

Thanks for stopping by.

Stay safe!
Alina Oswald
Author of SANDY TALES: SNAPSHOTS FROM A HURRICANE

Friday, October 19, 2012

Books on Sale: Now Until October 23rd

Books on Sale: Now Until October 23rd

Looking for books at a discounted price or for free? Here's what you need to do:

1. Go to my books site

2. Choose one (or more) of the books listed there.

3. Buy the book(s) and use the coupon FANS at checkout for 20% off. Coupon  is available from now until October 23, 2012.


It's pretty simple.

Also, here are a few of the books you may find:

Cover jpeg of Vampire Fantasies: A Collection of Vampire Photography by Alina Oswald
Vampire Fantasies: A Collection of Vampire Photography by Alina Oswald. Just in time for Halloween



Cover Jpeg of Backbone: A Photography Collection Praising LGBT Unsung Heroes, by Alina Oswald
Backbone: A Photography Collection Praising LGBT Unsung Heroes, by Alina Oswald. For October, LGBT History Month (don't forget to wear purple today, October 19th)


Full cover jpeg of Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography of AIDS by Alina Oswald with Photographs by Kurt Weston
Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography of AIDS by Alina Oswald with Photographs by Kurt Weston. Check out what A&U--America's AIDS Magazine says about Journeys

For other books on sale, please visit my bookstore.

Please stay tuned for more announcements regarding discounts and free offers for Journeys Through Darkness

Thanks for stopping by!

Alina Oswald
Writer/Photographer
Author of Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography of AIDS


Friday, October 5, 2012

In the News: Next to Normal Award Winning Musical Premiers Today at 4th Wall Theatre

In the News: Award-Winning Musical Next to Normal Premiers Today, October 5th, at 4th Wall Theatre

For those of us who are "next to normal" or those who consider yourselves normal, here is a musical you shouldn't miss:

In the news: Today, Thursday, October 5th, is the premier of Next to Normal, an award winning musical.

Author Gregory G. Allen is a man of many talents. Some may be familiar with his books, including Well With My Soul and Patchwork of Me. To discover another side of Allen, check out the award-winning musical, Next to Normal, which premiers today, Friday, October 5th, at 4th Wall Theatre in Bloomfield, NJ.

More details about Next to Normal:

Book & lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Music by Tom Kitt




Next To Normal
The Award Winning Musical
Presented by

4th Wall Theatre
at the
The Westminster Arts Center
Corner of Franklin & Fremont Street
Bloomfield NJ
on the Bloomfield College Campus

Flyer for Next to Normal, a play by Gregory G. Allen
Next to Normal, an award winning musical. Photo by Tom Schopper
Oct 5,6,12, 13 at 8pm
Oct 7 at 3pm
Hope you'll enjoy the show!
Thanks for stopping by!
Writer/Photographer

Monday, October 1, 2012

LGBT History Month: LGBT Icons and Unsung Heroes

LGBT History Month: LGBT Icons and Unsung Heroes

October is LGBT History Month. Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community are more- or less-known. They come from all walks of life and, together, they become the fabric of the community. This is a post mentioning LGBT icons as much as unsung heroes of the community.

While many may be familiar with LGBT names like Harvey Milk, Randy Shilts or Ellen Degeneres, they may not be aware of other LGBT individuals who make up the backbone of this community... they are LGBT unsung heroes who are rarely recognized by name, but whose names and merits should be recognized. Read more about these individuals in Backbone, a photography book dedicated to them:

Unsung LGBT heroes are listed in Backbone, a photo book praising the LGBT community by Art by Alina Oswald. http://store.blurb.com/my/ebooks/94044-b-a-c-k-b-o-n-e
Unsung LGBT heroes are listed in Backbone, a photo book praising the courage, strength and resilience of this community. http://store.blurb.com/my/ebooks/94044-b-a-c-k-b-o-n-e 

To learn more about LGBT History month, LGBT icons and much more, please visit Equality Forum.


As always, thanks for stopping by!

Alina Oswald
Author of Journeys Through Darkness a Biography of AIDS


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