Thursday, November 13, 2014

In the News: Dangling Scaffold and the Freedom Tower

Yesterday was not really my day. It was that kind of let-me-be, don't-bother-me type of day. No productivity. No creativity. I felt like I was coming down with a cold, and I had a migraine. (yes, migraines seem to visit me way too often, and as far as I can tell, they don't get easier, shorter or less frequent with age, but anyway....)

Dangling scaffold at One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, as seen from Jersey City waterfront. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Closeup view of the dangling scaffold at One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, as seen from Jersey City waterfront. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

So, I was trying to print out a photograph for Postcards From the Edge, the Visual AIDS annual fundraising event and art show. The printer didn't want to print right. It turned out that, indeed, I didn't have enough ink in one of the many cartridges. Hence, no printer head cleaning, and no nice printing either.

dangling scaffold at One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, as seen from Jersey City waterfront. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Dangling scaffold at One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, as seen from Jersey City waterfront. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
I had CNN Go running on my computer, in the background, to keep me company. They kept talking about the comet and landing on the comet, and I was rolling my eyes because they were kinda mispronouncing Darmstadt. For those interested, Darmstadt is a German town, about half-hour away from Frankfurt.

iPhone video at Lower Manhattan and surroundings, as seen from Jersey City waterfront. iPhone video by Alina Oswald.
iPhone video at Lower Manhattan and surroundings, as seen from Jersey City waterfront. iPhone video by Alina Oswald.


So...all this was going on when I heard something about something happening at the Freedom Tower sight. I switched my attention to CNN Go to see what they were talking about, and I found myself staring at the picture of the dangling scaffold. My first impulse was to leave everything and go check it out for myself, if anything possible, but I couldn't leave the printer as it was, and I wasn't sure if it was even worth it inquiring any further. What were the chances that I could actually see the scaffold from the Jersey side?

So I decided to wait a few minutes, and finish printing. When the printout still didn't come out right--I think I shook the last drop of ink out of that cartridge, so now I absolutely have to order a new one--I decided to grab the camera and go.

And I did. I grabbed my small camera with the kit lens (it's much lighter than the telephoto one I usually carry around), and took off.

When I finally made it in front of the Hyatt hotel, I could actually see it, the scaffold. The way it looked, from where I was standing...it seemed as if it was hanging straight down, not at an angle, as I'd seen online. The dangling scaffold, pointing down, reminded me of that photograph capturing a guy in free fall, escaping the burning towers. Or maybe the worst of thoughts take over one's mind 

It was a windy, partly cloudy day. The sun would peek out from behind the clouds, offering spectacular reflections on the brand new World Trade Center tower. Helicopters were hovering over the area, one closer to the tower, the others further south over the tip of the Manhattan Island. And then the helicopters simply disappeared, flew away, leaving behind a blue, quiet sky.

Although I couldn't see any movement from where I was standing, I told myself that it must have been over. And it must have ended in a good way. While on the waterfront, connection was horrible. I tried several times to tweet and post images online, to no avail. I waited a bit longer, but everybody seemed to have forgotten about the dangling scaffold.

On my way home, I could finally read on Twitter that the rescue operation had been a success. That was good news.


Thanks for reading!

Alina Oswald
Writer/Photographer

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Photos from OF THE MIND Art Show

Photos from Of the Mind art show hosted by Casa Colombo

As promised, I'd like to share a brief summary of the Of the Mind art show opening night at Casa Colombo, this past weekend. I think it was a fantastic night. Lots of work involved, but I, personally, had a blast, and from the looks of it, I got the feeling that others enjoyed the evening, too.

Opening night of OF THE MIND art show at Casa Colombo, in Jersey City, NJ. Art installation by artist and curator Giuseppe Munafo. Original vampire photograph by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Opening night of OF THE MIND art show at Casa Colombo, in Jersey City, NJ. Art installation by artist and curator Giuseppe Munafo. Original vampire photograph by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.


Opening night of OF THE MIND art show at Casa Colombo, in Jersey City, NJ. Art installation by artist and curator Giuseppe Munafo. Original vampire photograph by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Opening night of OF THE MIND art show at Casa Colombo, in Jersey City, NJ. Art installation by artist and curator Giuseppe Munafo. Original vampire photograph by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
I showed images of New York City, vampires, and vampires in New York City. But before I get more into my own photographs, I want to thank a few people for making it all possible:

First of all, many thanks to Casa Colombo for hosting the show. Many thanks to my wonderful curator, artist Giuseppe Munafo, for accepting my artwork in the show, and also for all the help and guidance he had to offer. I much appreciate it that he allowed me to show artwork that resonates with a different side of me. For that and for everything, I am much grateful, more than I would ever be able to express in words. I'd like to thank the other artists, also part of the Of the Mind show, family members and friends who helped me in all ways to make it a success.

Yours truly, at Casa Colombo, during JCAST

Also, many thanks to those who stopped by to check out the artwork.

Special thanks to Sally Deering of Riverview Observer for taking the time to stop by and even interview me.

Now, the show would not have been possible without several individual very dear to me.

Ultra special thanks to my wonderful, fabulous vampires, you know who you are. In particular I'm forever grateful to my favorite Vampire James, who even stopped by the opening in flesh and blood, and posed for many, many pictures. Oh, and talking about pictures, I appreciate it that Henry and Tim not only stopped by to see the show, but also took lots of photos.That was fantastically helpful, because the entire night I was busy chatting with everybody about images, in particular, and I ended up taking only two images with my iPhone.

And speaking of pictures, here's a fun vampire composite, with many more to follow in the upcoming posts.


So for now I will leave you with your own vampire fantasies. I'll be posting more pictures from the opening, very soon.

Thanks for stopping by.

Alina Oswald
Writer/Photographer/Author

PS: A brief update on the show.... I'd like to thank Sally Deering, River View Observer reporter, for stopping by Casa Colombo and attending the opening night of the OF THE MIND art show. Here's the article she wrote about the show, an article published in the River View Observer

Friday, October 17, 2014

Of the Mind: Art Show at Casa Colombo

2014 Jersey City Artists Studio Tour and Of the Mind Art Show at Casa Colombo

Man, I peek at the dates on my latest blog entries and can't believe my eyes. Ouch! Has it really been so long? Time flies! And busy is not an excuse, but I had to get it out of my system.

But, hey, I'm here now, blogging again. And that's because I am excited to let you know that I just finished putting up my artwork yesterday, at Casa Colombo gallery. Casa Colombo will be part of this year's Jersey City Artist Studio Tour (so, yes, make sure you stop by this weekend). Casa Colombo will also host my art show, Of the Mind, opening on October 25th.

So, if you happen to be in town, stop by and check it out. I plan on stopping by the gallery this Saturday evening, and I'll definitely be there this Sunday, 10/19, 2 to 6 PM, signing books--Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography, and other books.

Home for the Italian Educational and Cultural Center, Casa Colombo is located at 380 Monmouth Street, in Jersey City. Check it out at www.casacolombo.org.


Poster for Of the Mind art show at Casa Colombo
Poster for Of the Mind art show at Casa Colombo

And here's a video I took yesterday, after I was done hanging the artwork.


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My artwork as displayed at Casa Colombo, for 2014 JC Artist Studio Tour. Photo by Alina Oswald. All rights reserved.
My artwork as displayed at Casa Colombo, for 2014 JC Artist Studio Tour. Photo by Alina Oswald. All rights reserved.
Part of the show, there are a few vampire-inspired images (it's October after all) and also photographs of vampires in New York City.

For more images, feel free to check out my vampire series posted at www.alinaoswald.com and http://alinaoswald.com/vampires/

Hope too see you there!

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

PS: A few thoughts on the 2014 Jersey City Artists Studio Tour and Casa Colombo being part of the tour

At Casa Colombo. Photo by Henry W.
I was at Casa Colombo on Sunday, 10/19, the last day of the JCAST. I am happy to say that a lot of people stopped by. Many of them asked me about the artwork, and many of them wanted to chat about my photography...something I appreciate very very much.  I also appreciate Henry W. for stopping by the gallery with his camera, and taking a few pictures of me, in front of my artwork. You can imagine my surprise when I saw an email from him, with a few pictures attached, and a link to the Meetup NY Walks blog that mentioned the event. I'd like to take the opportunity to thank him again.

Also hope to see Henry, and you all at Casa Colombo this Saturday, October 25th, at 6 PM, for the opening of our OF THE MIND show.

Hope you will be able to make it!

Many thanks!
Alina


Sunday, July 27, 2014

More Images from NYC Pride 2014

Grand Marshals Laverne Cox, Jonathan Groff; Fireworks and More

August is almost days away, and for those who may not know, August is Pride Month in New Jersey. So, with that in mind, I thought to post a few more images from New York City Pride, 2014, and give a short summary of my Pride Day.

I took off early, in order to make it on time, register, get my media pass, and be there for the press conference that preceded the March. Grand Marshals Laverne Cox [Orange Is the New Black], Jonathan Groff [HBO's Looking, The Normal Heart], among others, spoke at the press conference.
Grand Marshal Laverne Cox speaks at the NYC Pride 2014 press conference. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Grand Marshal Laverne Cox speaks at the NYC Pride 2014 press conference. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Then the March started, on a glorious sunny, summer day. The image below captures my view down on Fifth Avenue, from 35th Street, right before the start of the 2014 New York City Pride March.


Rainbow, American and other flags on Fifth Street, right before the start of the 2014 NYC Pride March. View from 35th Street. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Rainbow, American and other flags on Fifth Street, right before the start of the 2014 NYC Pride March. View from 35th Street. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

 It's always exciting to photograph the Grand Marshals. Usually they are celebrities, well-known and admired individuals. This year, Jonathan Groff of HBO's series Looking (he also appeared in HBO's The Normal Heart) was one of the Grand Mashals.

NYC Pride 2014 Grand Marshal, Actor Jonathan Groff (HBO's Looking and The Normal Heart), waves at the crowd. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
NYC Pride 2014 Grand Marshal, Actor Jonathan Groff (HBO's Looking and The Normal Heart), waves at the crowd. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved. 

For more images from this year's Pride, check out my previous post, or my Flickr album.

This Pride Day I got together with a few friends and people I admire, and spent some time with them after finishing taking pictures. A wonderful way to reconnect, and a fantastic repeat from last year. Maybe Pride Day will become our annual gathering....

Also, this year I got to go to the Dance on the Pier. Pictures from that event coming up soon.

I made it back to Jersey just in time for the fireworks. Yes, dead tired and worn out from a full day photographing in the city, fortunately I still found some energy to take me to the waterfront, to shoot the fireworks display, and the Empire State Building beaming in rainbow colors.

Fireworks display ends the NYC Pride Day 2014 in an explosion of colorful lights. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Fireworks display ends the NYC Pride Day 2014 in an explosion of colorful lights. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.



Fireworks display finish Pride Day NYC 2014 with a true Bang! Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Fireworks display finish Pride Day NYC 2014 with a true Bang! as a party boat sails up the Hudson River. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Empire State Building in rainbow colors for NYC Pride Day 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Empire State Building in rainbow colors for NYC Pride Day 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.


Until next June, there are more events to cover, such as Pride Month in Jersey. But Empire State Building doesn't get to shine in rainbow colors but once a year. For that, we have to yet until Pride Day 2015.

As always, thanks for stopping by!
Alina Oswald
Writer/Photographer/Author



Monday, June 30, 2014

NYC Pride 2014

Photographing the NYC Pride 2014

I spent the evening before Pride Day with dear friends. Let's just say that I had a blast. They are, indeed, friends in need.

Today, after spending yesterday, Pride Sunday, in New York City, I can feel it, all of it, in my bones and muscles. But it was worth it. I got to reconnect and spend some time with great more friends and people I admire very much. And I got to photograph quite a lot.

Weather was superb, with some spots in the shade, where I could park myself now and then, to photograph. I'd like to share with you a few of the images. More to come, for sure.

Volunteers help setting up the balloons before the beginning of the March. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Volunteers help setting up the balloons before the beginning of the March. B&W Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Orange is the new sunscreen...and t-shirt. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Orange is the new sunscreen...and t-shirt. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
 I noticed this bottle of Banana Boat sunscreen on a table, under a volunteer tent. It just happened that the t-shirts available on the neighbor table were also orange. And while Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black) was one of the Marshals, well...let's just say that the orange was the color of the day.
Walker dressed in white feathers ready to march in NYC Pride 2014.
White Feathers. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Over the many years of my photographing the Pride parade (the March), I've noticed fewer and fewer awesome outfits. It's sad for me to say this, but that's my observation. This guy (above) with his hair dyed white and humongous white feathers on his back was the exception, yesterday. I had to take a picture. 

When night came, Manhattan turned on its rainbow colors.

Manhattan cityscape with Empire State Building in  rainbow colors for Pride Day NYC, 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Empire State Building turns on its rainbow colors for Pride Day NYC, 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
More pictures to come soon. Until then, thanks for stopping by!

Alina Oswald
Writer/Photographer/Author

Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day! - Photographing Fleet Week

Happy Memorial Day!
Fleet Week New York Photography

Happy Memorial Day everybody! It's a beautiful day today, here, in New York City area, but a few days ago, during Fleet Week, the weather wasn't that great. But, that did not stop me from trying to snap a few shots of the ships coming up the Hudson River. And so I did.

At first, I couldn't notice anything. Nothing and nobody was coming up the Hudson. But helicopters were hovering above me, and police boats were flashing their blue lights everywhere, it seemed. So, the ships were to make their presence, soon. And so they did. At least a few of them.

First came the U.S. Coast Guard. All in white, it made its way from New York Harbor, as ferries were taking commuters across the river.
U.S. Coast Guard meets ferry full of commuters. Fleet Week photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
U.S. Coast Guard meets ferry full of commuters. Fleet Week photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
There is something about the fog. It gives a feeling of mystery to the events happening in or around it. And although I would have preferred a clear sunny day to photograph Fleet Week, I didn't mind the grayness of the day, limited visibility and all.

In the picture below, a ship just passing under Verrazano Bridge, as a sailing boat seems 'parked' on the side, as if in waiting.

Ships cross Verrazano-Narrows Bridge during Fleet Week, days before Memorial Day 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Ships cross Verrazano-Narrows Bridge during Fleet Week, days before Memorial Day 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved. 

 First one that I noticed was USS Oak Hill LSD 51, the giant gray ship that, in the picture below, crosses paths with the orange Staten Island ferry.

USS Oak Hill LSD 51 crosses paths with Staten Island Ferry, during Fleet Week NY 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
USS Oak Hill LSD 51 crosses paths with Staten Island Ferry, during Fleet Week NY 2014, a police boat by its side. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

 There was quite an activity on the Hudson, that morning, during Fleet Week New York, 2014. Everybody from commuter ferries, NYC Waterways, U.S. Coast Guard ships, bright red fire boats, police boats and the actual military ships were there.


Fire boat on the Hudson, during Fleet Week NY, 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Fire boat on the Hudson, during Fleet Week NY, 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.


 Another boat passes by the Holocaust Memorial in Lower Manhattan.

Yellow ship with the American flag passes the Holocaust Memorial in Lower Manhattan, during Fleet Week 2014, days before Memorial Day weekend. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Yellow ship with the American flag passes the Holocaust Memorial in Lower Manhattan, during Fleet Week 2014, days before Memorial Day weekend. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

 While waiting for USS Oak Hill LSD 51 to reach Manhattan, I shot a few pictures of what else was happening around me, like the two images above. And then I saw it, the huge gray ship approaching, reaching the tip of Lower Manhattan.

USS Oak Hill LSD 51 reaches the tip of Lower Manhattan. Fleet Week 2014 photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
USS Oak Hill LSD 51 reaches the tip of Lower Manhattan. Fleet Week 2014 photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

 Up close (ok, through a telephoto lens), the ship looks even more imposing. Take a closer look at the helicopter and everything else on its deck....

A closer look of USS Oak Hill LSD 51, its deck shaped by men in white and black uniforms. Fleet Week 2014 photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
A closer look of USS Oak Hill LSD 51, its deck shaped by men in white and black uniforms. Fleet Week 2014 photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.


Another closer look at USS Oak Hill LSD 51. Fleet Week 2014 photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Another closer look at USS Oak Hill LSD 51. Fleet Week 2014 photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.


And now looking at the bigger picture of USS Oak Hill LSD 51 as it passing by the new Freedom Tower and Word Financial Center.

USS Oak Hill LSD 51 at World Trade Center, during Fleet Week 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
USS Oak Hill LSD 51 at World Trade Center, during Fleet Week 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Imposing, majestic, solemn...a lot of words come to mind when looking at these ships, these giants. Let us all remember the true meaning of Memorial Day, and have a safe one.

USS Oak Hill LSD 51 reaches Empire State Building and Midtown. Fleet Week 2014 photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
USS Oak Hill LSD 51 reaches Empire State Building and Midtown. Fleet Week 2014 photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy your holiday weekend!
Summer is here.

Alina Oswald
Writer/Photographer/Author

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Photographing the Moon

Photographing the moon, the starts and other bright lights in the night

Ah...the moon and the starts. I've always been fascinated by them, by a universe beyond our own. I can only imagine it and try to capture it with my long (but not long enough) lens.

Hence, I was so looking forward to this past Monday's blood moon total lunar eclipse. [sigh] After all, I stood up all night on December 21st, 2010, and truly froze outside, to photograph the total lunar eclipse that took place that night. But, Mother Nature was not on my side this past Monday night.

Yes, I did stay up and yes, I did shoot a few pictures, but dark thick clouds stood in the way of an optimal view. [sigh again] While I could not wipe away the clouds, I photograph, secretly hoping that the second event of this kind, this October, the moon, the bloody moon I should say, will show itself to us under much clearer night skies. I posted a few thoughts and pictures taken that night on CNN iReport.

But one doesn't have to wait for a total or partial lunar eclipse, for a bloody moon or a super-moon to take pictures of this beauty illuminating the night sky. Here are a few pictures of moon-rises from across the globe.

Moonrise and the palm trees. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Moonrise and the palm trees. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Moonrise and the palm trees. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Moonrise and the palm trees. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Blood Moon Eclipse in the early hours of April 15, 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Blood Moon Eclipse in the early hours of April 15, 2014. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Moonrise over Manhattan. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.


Blood Moon. Total Lunar Eclipse. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Blood Moon. Total Lunar Eclipse 2010. Photo by Alina Oswald.
The picture on the left was shot a few years ago. I was lucky to catch the moon just starting to rise above the Manhattan skyline, and the highrises that define it.

A few years ago, I also tried to snap a shot of the super-moon. While I did not get enough details in the moon, I captured its watery reflections.

Lunar Eclipse, 2010. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Lunar Eclipse, 2010. Photo by Alina Oswald.
And, finally, the last image is a shot of a blood moon I photographed during the total lunar eclipse of December 2010. Link to a composite capturing the eclipse is posted here.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Alina Oswald
Writer/Photographer/Author



PS: An update: thanks to a wonderful friend with a telescope, yet no adapter for the camera/lens, I had the chance to look at Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and the moon, more closely. Here are a few images of the moon as seen through the telescope:

Blurry Moon: Photographing the Moon through the Telescope. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Blurry Moon: Photographing the Moon through the Telescope. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.



The moon seen through the telescope. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
The moon seen through the telescope. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.










Sunday, March 2, 2014

Photographing Weather: Mother Nature at Its Best, and at Its Worst

Weather Photography

Blizzards, snow storms, hurricane (Sandy and Katrina come to mind), heat waves and polar vortexes, and also sunsets and sunrises, or only a solitary ray of sunlight peering through fog...they are all manifestations of Mother Nature. Maybe...signs that She is still in charge. She's the Great Sculpture of our world, through Her forces of creation, and also destruction. Or as some of us call it--Mother Nature at its best, and at its worst.

Here are a few examples of Mother Nature at work on shaping our planet, and, with it, the world in which we live. Hope you'll enjoy the images.





Atlantic ocean shaping the coast of Portugal at Sagres, the closest European point to the American continent. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Waves Sculpting the Coastline. Atlantic ocean shaping the coast of Portugal at Sagres, the closest European point to the American continent. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved. Waves splash against the coastline, shaping it, eroding it, cutting into land.
Have you ever watched Mother Nature at work? Close-up or from afar? Have you ever watch the struggle of the ocean. Its waves smashing against the cliffs, shaping them with each droplet of water, and salt, and wind. Have you ever listen to the sounds of the ocean while at work? Or to the wind brushing the coastlines? Creating...monster-like profiles?

I'm asking, because either if we want it or not, either we are aware of it or not, Nature is constantly working on our planet. Shaping it. Sculpting it, in a way. Creating new forms. Destroying old ones. As if giving our planet an ongoing make-over.

Nature's Made: Portrait of an eroded cliff against a cloudy sky. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Nature's Made: Portrait of an eroded cliff against a cloudy sky. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

I snapped the above image while walking the coastline, in a land far, far away. To be, the cliff resembles a human portrait, captured against a background of clouds and water.



Of Waves and Clouds. Stormy, funnel-like clouds are approaching. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
On a nice summer-y day, I stood on the rocks, watching the waves splashing away. Then the sky started to get gray. And I noticed the funnel-shaped threatening clouds approaching. Moments later, it started to pour. No tornado, just clouds and rain water.
 
Ray of Sunlight Peering Through Fog. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Ray of Sunlight Peering Through Fog. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

And in the end, the light always peers through fog or clouds, or even rain.


As always, thanks for stopping by!

Alina Oswald
Writer/Photographer/Author



Friday, February 21, 2014

Selfies on Ice and the Powerhouse Building

Selfies on Ice: Going Back to the Latest Photoshoot Location, Photograph the Snow and the Deteriorating Powerhouse Building


A few days ago I had the opportunity to photograph a very nice and determined young lady for a publications (more on that to come soon, I promise). We even went outside to take a few pictures, snow and wind and snowstorm and all.

But then the snow stopped. And shortly afterwards, it started yet again. So I got out of the house to check it out.I found out that, in spite of the snow and fog and flakes, lives went on...and is still does.

Here are a few images I shot that day, including a couple of selfies (yes, I was wearing my photo-shoot attire, appropriate to this kinda weather, LOL!)



Freedom Tower and Lower Manhattan in fog and snow(flakes) during one of the many winter storms of this year. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Freedom Tower and Lower Manhattan in fog and snow(flakes) during one of the many winter storms of this year. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.


Seagull against the Snow. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Seagull against the Snow on the Waterfront. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Deteriorating Powerhouse Building. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Deteriorating Powerhouse Building. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved. 

Close up of Deteriorating Powerhouse Building. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Close-Up of Deteriorating Powerhouse Building. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.




The Powerhouse building, continuing to deteriorate, while the Powerhouse Stabilization project is present only on billboards, though nothing is actually done. Come to think that the signs are there just for show. Guess those in charge are just waiting for the historical Powerhouse building to finally collapse (and it will, soon, since it has no roof, nor windows, and the colorful boards don't really do much to protect it). Then there's no excuse to squeeze yet another highrise in its place.... Sad, but it wouldn't be surprising at all. Quite the contrary...


 But, snow storm or not, life goes on. Young women take a stroll or jog on the waterfront.


Life Goes On. Young women walk and jog on the waterfront during a snowstorm. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Life Goes On on the Waterfront. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Against the Snowstorm. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Here I am, facing the snowstorm, Lower Manhattan in the background.
 
Hope this winter will be over soon. Wishing you a great weekend!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Alina Oswald
Writer/Photographer/Author

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Weather: Photographing Fog

Fog

What comes to mind when we think about fog?

A kind of mystery? An element of surprise? Halloween? Ghosts? An unknown we don't really want to get to know? 

Fog in the city may not be that scary. After all, we know the city--its sounds, its pulse. But get lost in the fog while in the middle of nature, with no compass to guide you North, and fog can be quite...well, quite scary. Fog takes away our ability to see, allowing us, at most, to make up silhouettes and shadows. Shapes we cannot quite recognize.

Shades of light rays seep through fog. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Shades of light rays seep through fog. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
In the above image, I was on a trail, in the middle of nature. Fog was coming in waves, covering everything for a few moments, only to disappear slowly, as if veiling and unveiling a beautiful scenery. Meanwhile, rays of sunlight would seep through the fog, coloring it in warm shades of red and orange.

Usually, while in the middle of Mother Nature, fog is accompanied by silence. A deafening silence that adds to the mystery, and also to the realization that Mother Nature is still in charge. Dare we upset Her. Maybe not.

Lehua Fog. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Lehua Fog. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Lehua is a small tip of an island, off the coast of Kauai, the Garden Island of Hawaii, and Nihau, the Forbidden Island of Hawaii. Lehua is only a birds' paradise, otherwise not inhabited.

So, we find ourselves lost. Without our sight or hearing. Pushed around by a windy breeze that we can only feel. A breeze that brushes us gently, forcing us to drift away into the wild unknown.


But fog is also interesting to photograph. Maybe because of its mystery.  Here are a few images of fog I've taken over the years. For more fog, nature and landscape photography, click here.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Alina Oswald
Writer. Photographer. Author.


Fog over Napali Coast Observatory. Kauai, Hawaii. B&W Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Fog over Napali Coast Observatory. Kauai, Hawaii. B&W Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
 In the above image, clouds and fog cover Kauai's Napali Coast, heading toward the observatory.

Fog over Nihau. The Forbidden Island of Hawaii. B&W Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Fog over Nihau. The Forbidden Island of Hawaii. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Nihau, or the Forbidden Island of Hawaii, is mysterious in itself. It doesn't need fog (like in the above image) to add to its mystery. And yet, on that foggy, cloudy day, the shape of Nihau resembled some kind of a monster, coming out of the water, and fog.

Fog over Haleakala Observatory. Maui, Hawaii. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Fog over Haleakala Observatory. Maui, Hawaii. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Another Hawaiian island, another observatory. This time, Haleakala National Park, in Maui, Hawaii.

Fog and Smoke on Big Island Lava Fields. Aerial Photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Fog and Smoke on Big Island Lava Fields. Aerial Photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

'fog' is due to the smoking craters, on the Big Island. Aerial Photography of smoking lava fields by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Sometimes 'fog' is due to the smoking craters, on the Big Island. Aerial Photography of smoking lava fields by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.