All images, text & design Skip Schiel 1990 - 2021


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Through photography

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

Manifesto: of light and image



Love it, Don't lose it! Valentine's Day parade in Boston by Extinction Rebellion
February 14, 2021

To the Count Every Vote rally on Boston Common
November 7, 2020

The Climate Crisis is Scary, a Holloween Parade
and Bike Ride, by Extinction Rebellion Boston
November 5, 2020

Israel-Palestine Working Group of New England Yearly Meeting

JVP logo

Emergency Water & Sanitation
in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

EcoPeace Middle East

By Louise Dunlap

living christian nonviolence

Hosted by Lesley Art + Design in Boston

Searching for the Seeds of the New Detroit Miracle (2017)—Archived photographs from summer 2017

Folding Bike Photography in Detroit—Archived photographs from fall 2016

Detroit's Seeds of the New Miracle (or Bust)—fall 2014 archive

Detroit Up and Down—spring 2014 Archive

Detroit Up and Down—2013 Archive

Detroit Up and Down—2011 Archive

Detroit photos—2010 Archive

28-Ibrahim Eid Nghnghia (Abu Adnan) in Jenin with his son and a friend
Added March 5, 2021

27-Qasem Ahmad Qasem Abu Qutnah in Jenin
Added February 9, 2021

26-Fatima Ali Msaimi (Um Wajeeh)
Added January 7, 2021

25-Omar Mohammad Amara (Abu Mohammad) in Tulkarm, who had joined the revolutionary movement for a free Palestine
Added November 25, 2020

24-Mustafa Mahmoud Abu Awwad (Abu Mazen) from the village of Sabbarin/Sabbareen
Added Novermber 12, 2020

23-Maryam Abdallah Abu Lateef
Added October 13, 2020

22-Zakiyya Mohammad Hamad with her family
Added August 31, 2020

21-Mohammad Saleh Hussein Hammad Abu-Habsa, mourning his son, Anan, who is considered a martyr, a shaheed
Added August 12, 2020

Archive of Nakba photo sets—2019
Updated September 28, 2020

Archive of Nakba photo sets—2018
Revised September 5, 2019

Eyewitness Gaza (movie)
By Tom Jackson, 2011

Eyewitness Gaza (book)
By Skip Schiel, 2012

The Levant in the USA: photos from home
(2007-2020, updated June 2020)

Archive of photo sets—2015
Revised February 25, 2016

Archive of photo sets—2013
Revised August 28, 2014

Archive of photo sets—2012
Revised April 19, 2013

Archive of photo sets—2010
Revised August 17, 2012

Main photo archive

November 2010

Traveling slide shows & exhibitions

Videos about Palestine-Israel
Added February 28, 2009

Suggested actions
for political transformation in Palestine-Israel

More information
about Israel & Palestine social change organizations & media


BDS Boston at Puma's store in Assembly Square: Why Puma? Why boycott?
Added April 1, 2021

XR "die-in" on the steps of the Massachusetts State House, while the legislature "green washes" its response to the climate emergency
Added March 29, 2021

Chronicle of My Life During the Coronavirus-COVID-19 Crisis-part twelve—October 25-December 26, 2020
Added March 16, 2021

XR brings a Valentine greeting to Boston
Added February 16, 2021

Chronicle of My Life During the Coronavirus-COVID-19 Crisis-part eleven—November 23-December 13, 2020
Added February 12, 2021

Extinction Rebellion marches from Boston City Hall to the Massachusetts State House with one message for the governor
Added February 3, 2021

A Chronicle of My Life During the Coronavirus-COVID-19 Crisis-part ten—October 20-December 21, 2020
Added February 1, 2021

A Chronicle of My Life During the COVID-19 Crisis-part nine—September 20-October 18, 2020
Added December 31, 2020

A Chronicle of My Life During the Coronavirus-Covid-19 Crisis-part eight—August 8 - August 30, 2020
Added November 30, 2020

Count Every Vote—rally on the Boston Common one day after the election
Added November 9, 2020

Extinction Rebellion (XR) brings you a Scary Halloween Parade, walking and bicycling
Added November 2, 2020

A Chronicle of My Life During the Coronavirus-Covid-19 Crisis-part seven—July 17 - August 30, 2020
Added October 26, 2020

We call on the Boston Globe to Tell the Truth
Added October 20, 2020

Red Skies over Our Blue Planet (photos)
Added September 29, 2020

Cut the trees, clear the land, mine the fossil fuel, burn the fossil fuel, contribute to the Sixth Mass Extinction—while removing carbon dioxide sinks and oxygen-producing trees.
Added September 28, 2020

Walking meditation along the Charles River in Cambridge—for the survival of creation thru climate justice.
Added September 15, 2020

Extinction Rebellion calls WHDH-7 TV to unmute the voices of its journalists and meteorologists to report the truth about the climate emergency
Added September 9, 2020

A Chronicle of My Life During the Coronavirus-Covid 19 Crisis-part six—May 28-July 15, 2020
Added August 20, 2020

Rockport to Gloucester—by bike
Added August 17, 2020

Hiroshima Day—75th Anniversary at Raytheon Technologies
Added August 10, 2020

Do your federal taxes subsidize the fossil fuel industry? (Extinction Rebellion)
Added July 20, 2020

To wear a Black Lives Matter mask while working at the Whole Foods store
Added July 13, 2020

A Chronicle of My Life During the Coronavirus-Covid 19 Crisis-part five—May 8-June 16, 2020
Added July 7, 2020

XR Shoe-In Climate Crisis & Covid-19 Pandemic
Added May 25, 2020

2020 (partial)
Added September 28, 2020
Auschwitz to Hiroshima: A Pilgrimage, 1995
2019 On Turtle Island, A Pilgrimage, 1995
2018 Bread & Puppet Theater
2017 Mitakuye Oyasin:
All My Relations



One Family
Revised Aug 15, 2007
2015 One Sky: a series of photographs about historic slavery and contemporary racism
2014 Making the Invisible Visible: Prisons in the United States

Step by Step, Buddhist-Led Peace & Justice Walks

2012 Scent of Earth
2011 A Spirit People: One View of the Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage

Visions of a New South Africa

2009 Quabbin Reservoir
2008 Other on-line exhibits
2007 What Digital Technology Means to Photography—
page 1-page 2
2006 A Digital Timeline—A History of Digital Technology
Beginnings to 2005
2005 The Troubles —
& Actions Post 911


95 Stories-writing about two pilgrimages in 1995, Auschwitz to Hiroshima and On Turtle Island

Delta Passage: A Journey Home

Passing Thru-photos & writing about the Auschwitz-Hiroshima Pilgrimage: 1995


His two daughters interview Skip Schiel for Storycorps
(January 23, 2021)

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
(companion to the slideshow above—part 1 of an 8 part series, added, 2010)

As an Artist, How Do I Survive & Thrive?
Revised and added February 15, 2010

Notes on My Quaker Connections in Palestine
Revised and added January 28, 2010

The Palestine-Israel Kaleidoscope, a memoir-part 1
Newly revised and added January 16, 2010

The Palestine-Israel Kaleidoscope, a memoir-part 2
Newly revised and added January 21, 2010

Quakers in Palestine-Israel Timeline
Updated March 29, 2020

Other writing

My Teaching Philosophy

Photo exercise sets:

Photography as a Tool for Political Transformation, a workshop

A theory of photography based on grammatical prepositions

Photo resources
(Boston area, revised May 2009)

Photography information
(revised July 2016)