Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day Everybody!!! It's February 14th, 2012. While the year is, as some believe, a Doomsday Year, the day may be one reminding us of the brighter side of life--love, trust, inner peace...

Love comes in various ways. Here are just a few examples:

Classical, conventional, Silhouetted Love:
Wedding Silhouettes, Waikiki, Hawaii. Copyright 2010 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Wedding Silhouettes, Waikiki, Hawaii. Copyright 2010 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Wedding Silhouettes, Waikiki, Hawaii. Copyright 2010 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Less conventional, more passionate, love shadows:
Love Shadows. Copyright 2011 by Alina Oswald

Also less conventional, vampire love:

"Fangs: Vampire showing human feelings towards his cat" Copyright 2010 by Alina Oswald

Love and remembrance:

9/11 Tribute Lights and the Katyn Memorial. Copyright 2008 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Flowers and Candles at Katyn Memorial for late Polish President. Copyright 2010 by Alina Oswald

Hope you all have a wonder-filled weekend. I leave you with a few images and a Valentine-related excerpt from Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography that tells the story of AIDS through the story of AIDS warrior and long-term survivor, award-winning legally blind visual artist Kurt Weston.

Enjoy and thanks for visiting!
Happy V's Day!
Alina Oswald

On Valentine’s Day weekend in 1998, Kurt had just gotten back home from school and was looking forward to some much needed rest, when a few members of the Asian Pacific Crossroads group called him to invite him to a party. At first, Kurt declined the invitation. He was too exhausted and had a full week worth of studies in Los Angeles ahead of him. But the Asian Pacific members refused to take no for an answer, and even offered to pick him up from his place and take him to the party. So Kurt accepted to go with them in the end.
    It was at this party that the group organizers decided they wanted to raise money for the organization through a fundraising project—a calendar featuring some of the Asian men who were members of the organization.
    “All we need is a photographer,” they said. 
    “Well… Kurt is a photographer,” the ones who knew Kurt pitched in. 
    “Yeah, but I’m legally blind now,” the photographer said.
    They were somehow disappointed and asked him if he’d ever tried to photograph after losing most of his sight. He still had his equipment, but couldn’t see anything clearly, so he wasn’t sure he could even focus the camera anymore. They interpreted his insecurity as hope and decided to give him two models to practice with for the calendar pictures and see what he could do.
    So, he ended up using his special equipment, the handheld telescope and special magnification finger-thick glasses he’d purchased with the help of the Department of Rehabilitation. Kurt worked with the two models for a full afternoon, using different lighting for different pictures. The process was much slower than when he used to work as a fashion photographer.