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Updated October 17, 2017
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
Detroit: Windsor Ontario, Canada
Riverwise Editorial Team
Love the Boggs—Have Fun
Playground at the Boggs School
Juvenile Lifer Rally for Justice
The Annual End of Year Parade of the Boggs School
Neighborhood meeting of the Birwood Block Club
Monthly police meeting with local community people
Marking the 1967 rebellion-uprising-riot
Preparing for delivery of bottled water
Monica Lewis Patrick of We the People of Detroit
Flint: A Water Distribution Center
The Heidelberg Project
Neighborhood Clean Up-Board Up
The 2nd International Gathering of Social Movements on Water—part three
The 2nd International Gathering of Social Movements on Water—part two
The 2nd International Gathering of Social Movements on Water—part one
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
Honk! Activist street bands parade and perform
Agape's Annual St. Francis Day: Listening to Native Voices—Standing Rock is Everywhere
Bread & Puppet Theater Circus
Providence Rhode Island for the sunset
New England Yearly Meeting Sessions 2017 in Castleton Vermont
Summer nights and near nights in Cambridge Massachusetts
Ghost Bike Ceremony Held For Cyclist Killed In Boston's Back Bay-May 2017
Cambridge Center for Adult Education
New Bedford, Massachusetts (in the Spring Light: Mill Town series)
Lowell Massachusetts (in the Spring Light: Mill Town series)
Waltham Massachusetts (in the Spring Light: Mill Town series
Simulacrum: A view from a moving platform
Cabrini Green Updated (April 2017)
Chicago—North to South
Black & White Experiments
Faust 3 by Bread & Puppet Theater
Boston's Emerald Necklace: Franklin Park
Boston's Emerald Necklace: Jamaica Pond
Boston's Emerald Necklace: Arnold Arboretum
Boston's Emerald Necklace: Leverett Pond & Olmsted Park
Boston's Emerald Necklace: Back Bay Fens
The Women's March in Washington DC, January 21, 2017
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: