images, text & design © Skip Schiel 1990 - 2020
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Updated July 7, 2020
Through photography I love: daughters, friends, the earth. Through photography I am outraged: at injustice, pomposity, violence, deceit, ignorance, greed. Through photography: I am perverse, critical, analytic, emotive, radiant, clumsy, elegant, adventurous, irreverent, romantic. Through photography: I am a person of the world, of the cosmos. And I am a recluse, an isolate, a monk.
For all this I am very grateful.
I praise my photographic lineage—ancestors who have taught me, contemporaries who cooperate with me, and successors who might benefit from what I've attempted to do. I thank the great mystery, god, the higher power, the ground of being, the still small voice inside, my dearly beloved and indispensable muses, and the pulse of the universe for allowing me—perhaps—to be aligned with this force, rather than opposed to it.
Photography is my main form of prayer—I pray outward to the beings, things, forces I photograph. I pray inward to my own center by sensing the light within. I pray to others by showing them my photos. I link with the light, both inward & outward. Photography fuses my many tendencies, it allows expression of my various urgencies.
May these images better balance the plethora of main media images we constantly experience: catastrophe, despair, ruination, death. May they help broaden the palette of art to include hope, faith, fun, exhilaration, antics, joy, friendship, worship, love. In the midst of a troubled time, may they affirm the life force.
—Skip Schiel, June 18, 2009
River Water Roiled
In the Age of the Coronavirus
Shaker Issa Odeh (Abu Maher) from Al Mahla (now part of Jerusalem)
In and Around Bethlehem
18-Neama Zaid (Um Salah) from the village of Beit Nabala near Lyyd/Lod
17-A Christian Palestinian Israeli living in the German Colony of Haifa
Archive of photo sets—2019
Eyewitness Gaza (movie)
The Levant in the USA: photos from home
Archive of photo sets—2018
Archive of photo sets—2015
Archive of photo sets—2013
Archive of photo sets—2012
Archive of photo sets—2010
Videos about Palestine-Israel
XR Shoe-In Climate Crisis & Covid-19 Pandemic
Extinction Rebellion Swarms Cambridge: The Seas are Rising and So Are We
Activist Street Bands March in the Annual Honk Parade
The Makanda Project performs in Roxbury
Fall with trees
Climate Strike Boston-march & state house occupation
Slide show: "And you will be carried where you do not wish to go," a photographic witness & a summary (for the moment & as of 2005) of my photography
"And you will be carried where you do not wish to go," a photographic witness
As an Artist, How Do I Survive & Thrive?
Notes on My Quaker Connections in Palestine
The Palestine-Israel Kaleidoscope, a memoir-part 1
The Palestine-Israel Kaleidoscope, a memoir-part 2
Quakers in Palestine-Israel Timeline
Photo exercise sets: