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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

 

LATEST OR REVISTED MOVIES


Emergency Water & Sanitation
in the Occupied Palestinian Territories


EcoPeace Middle East

radio stories and voices to
take action

living christian nonviolence

squid logo
 
 
 

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

Chanukah Solidarity March Against Islamophobia #KindleJustice Boston (video)
Added December 24, 2016

End exploiting Palestinian water access as a tool of West Bank control.
Added July 16, 2016

Eyewitness Gaza (movie)
By Tom Jackson, 2011

Eyewitness Gaza (book)
By Skip Schiel, 2012

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
2003-2010

Movies
November 2010

Female in Palestine—part 1
September 2010

Traveling slide shows & exhibitions

Videos about Palestine-Israel
Added February 28, 2009

The Levant in the USA: photos from home
(2007-2015)

Suggested actions
for political transformation in Palestine-Israel

More information
about Israel & Palestine social change organizations & media

Testimonials

Dawn to Dusk in the Massachusetts Audubon Sanctuaries (movie-slideshow)
Added Novenber 27, 2017

In the forest and meadow at dawn
Added Novenber 21, 2017

Along the Ipswich River at dusk
Added Novenber 3, 2017

Massachusetts Audubon's Nature Sanctuary in the Heart of a City
Added October 31, 2017

Honk! Activist street bands parade and perform
Added October 16, 2017

Agape's Annual St. Francis Day: Listening to Native Voices—Standing Rock is Everywhere
Added October 10, 2017

Bread & Puppet Theater Circus
Added September 14, 2017

Providence Rhode Island for the sunset
Added August 31, 2017

New England Yearly Meeting Sessions 2017 in Castleton Vermont
Added August 29, 2017

Summer nights and near nights in Cambridge Massachusetts
Added August 12, 2017

2017 (first half of year)
Added
December 4, 2017

Auschwitz to Hiroshima: A Pilgrimage, 1995
2016 On Turtle Island, A Pilgrimage, 1995

2015

Bread & Puppet Theater
1980-1985
2014 Mitakuye Oyasin:
All My Relations

1983-1990
2013 One Family
1967-present
Revised Aug 15,2007
2012

One Sky: a series of photographs about historic slavery and contemporary racism
1998-2000

2011 Making the Invisible Visible: Prisons in the United States
2002-2006
2010 Step by Step, Buddhist-Led Peace & Justice Walks
2004
2009

Scent of Earth
1980-present

2008 A Spirit People: One View of the Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage
2000
2007 Visions of a New South Africa
1999
2006 Quabbin Reservoir
1990-present
2005 Other on-line exhibits
2004 What Digital Technology Means to Photography—
page 1-page 2
Delta Passage: A Journey Home
1999

A Digital Timeline—A History of Digital Technology
Beginnings to 2005

Broadsides
1995-1998

The Troubles —
Reflections
& Actions Post 911

2001-2002

Weblog

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
(part 8 & earlier, added April 2 - May 24, 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 February 15, 2015

Other writing

Winter 2018 photo workshops at Cambridge Center for Adult Education

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)