images, text & design © Skip Schiel 1990 - 2019
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Updated September 12, 2019
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
12-Mohmoud Sharaya'a from Kafr 'Ana
11-Um Ahmad Khdaish
10-Saeed Danadan Terwai and his daughter in the Balata refugee camp
9-Abdul Qader Hassan Monjid al Lahham from the village of Beit Eteb
Archive of photo sets—2019
Phase 1 below, September-October 2018
Archive of photo sets—2018
In Solidarity with the People of Gaza (photos & video)
Chanukah Solidarity March Against Islamophobia #KindleJustice Boston (video)
End exploiting Palestinian water access as a tool of West Bank control.
Eyewitness Gaza (movie)
Archive of photo sets—2015
Archive of photo sets—2013
Archive of photo sets—2012
Archive of photo sets—2010
Female in Palestine—part 1
Videos about Palestine-Israel
The Levant in the USA: photos from home
Quakers gather in New England
A powerful response to the fires in the Amazonian rainforest of Brazil
Extinction Rebellion comes to Boston and the Boston Globe newspaper
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: