Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Look Back at 2015: My Defining Moments

My Defining Moments from 2015
Interviews, photo shoots, and much more

And we've arrive at another year's end, a time when we might take the time at some of the defining moments that helped shaped us this year. Here are a few of my defining moments, in no particular order:

Some of My 2015 Defining Moments


1. Interviewing ACT UP photographer and activist Bill Bytsura for A&U Magazine, and learning more about the AIDS Activist Project, now to become a book. (look forward to reading the book)

2. Getting to work with award-winning filmmaker Wolfgang Busch on some fantastic projects. To learn more about some of the awards Busch has received over the year, read this article.

3. Interviewing Joseph Rivera, co-founder of Baila Society, for A&U Magazine, and also attending this year's Bailando por una Causa event, in New York City.

4. Attending Ideas City, reuniting with other members of the Undetectable Flash Collective and also with Visual AIDS.

5. Interviewing Avram Finkelstein, artist, activist, founding member of Silence = Death collective, for A&U Magazine.

6. Photographing the HIV Warriors campaign. Read more about it in A&U Magazine.

7. Attending the book launch of Art & Understanding anthology at Linda Stein's studio in Manhattan, and reuniting with the fantastic A&U team.

Art & Understanding: The Anthology. Book launch at Linda Stein's studio in NYC. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Art & Understanding: The Anthology. Book launch at Linda Stein's studio in NYC. Photo by Alina Oswald.

8. Finally deciding to try out Instagram.

9. Interviewing and photographing the fantastic young men, artists and activists, behind The Each-Other Project for A&U Magazine.

10. I got to work with activist Ron B. again, meet wonderful people, and photograph a taping of No Boundaries show at the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN).

11. Had the chance to review the new documentary, Larry Kramer In Love & Anger, for A&U Magazine.

12. Writing about marriage equality for JC Independent, and also reviews for Out IN Jersey Magazine.

Marriage Proposal at NYC Pride 2015. Photo by Alina Oswald
Marriage Proposal at NYC Pride 2015. Photo by Alina Oswald
13. Celebrating marriage equality with some fantastic friends, and also running into some old friends at 2015 NYC Pride. Photographing this year's Pride, and witnessing a special wedding proposal, right in front of Stonewall Inn. Congrats Chris and Steven! :-)

14. Upgrading my photo and lighting, and also (some) computer gear.

15. Finally taking the necessary time to photograph some of my favorite subjects, and also showing that particular body of work to reviewers. Also, many thanks to my reviewers and mentors, for taking the time to comment and advise.

16. Having the chance to interview and photograph wonderful people--activists, artists, and the like--people who make a difference in their community. You can read more about that here.

17. Great times with family, friends, and other significant individuals. Those are the most precious moments!


These might be just a handful of those defining moments, those that first come to mind. There might be more.

Thank you all for stopping by! Hope you all had a fantastic year, and that you'll ring in 2016 with your families and loved ones.

I wish you Happy Holidays!!!

Happy Holidays card designed and with photos by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Happy Holidays card designed and with photos by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.



And A Happy New Year, too!

Happy New Year! card designed and with photos by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Happy New Year! card designed and with photos by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.




Alina Oswald

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