Burning memories of trauma at Agape's Standing Rock St Francis Day, October 7, 2017


All images, text & design © Skip Schiel 1990 - 2017










Updated November 21, 2017

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






Emergency Water & Sanitation
in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

EcoPeace Middle East

radio stories and voices to
take action

living christian nonviolence

squid logo

 Detroit: Windsor Ontario, Canada
Added October 17, 2017

Riverwise Editorial Team
Added October 5, 2017

Love the Boggs—Have Fun
Added October 2, 2017

Playground at the Boggs School
Added September 27, 2017

Juvenile Lifer Rally for Justice
Added September 25, 2017

The Annual End of Year Parade of the Boggs School
Added September 11, 2017

Neighborhood meeting of the Birwood Block Club
Added September 3, 2017

Monthly police meeting with local community people
Added August 28, 2017

Marking the 1967 rebellion-uprising-riot
Added August 21, 2017

Preparing for delivery of bottled water
Added July 27, 2017

Monica Lewis Patrick of We the People of Detroit
Added July 25, 2017

Flint: A Water Distribution Center
Added July 20, 2017

The Heidelberg Project
Added July 14, 2017

Neighborhood Clean Up-Board Up
Added July 8, 2017

The 2nd International Gathering of Social Movements on Water—part three
Added June 29, 2017

The 2nd International Gathering of Social Movements on Water—part two
Added June 24, 2017

The 2nd International Gathering of Social Movements on Water—part one
Added June 15, 2017

Johnny's Neighborhood (video)
Added November 23, 2016

From Detroit to Dearborn and return
Added November 11, 2016

The scrapping and the greening of Detroit—and other matters
Added October 13, 2016

Development and Dedevelopment in Detroit
Added October 4, 2016

Labor Day in Hamtramck
Added September 28, 2016

Mostly southwest Detroit, featuring the severely stressed neighborhood of Delray
Added September 21, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump comes to Detroit
Added September 19, 2016

Detroit—tree plantings and Ghost Bikes
Added September 11, 2016

Ann Arbor
Added September 2, 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

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

Suggested actions
for political transformation in Palestine-Israel

More information
about Israel & Palestine social change organizations & media


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

Bike Procession Memorial for Rick Archer (video)

Ghost Bike Ceremony Held For Cyclist Killed In Boston's Back Bay-May 2017
Added May 29, 2017

Cambridge Center for Adult Education
Added May 17, 2017

New Bedford, Massachusetts (in the Spring Light: Mill Town series)
Added May 15, 2017

Saxonville and Framingham, Massachusetts (in the Spring Light: Mill Town series)
Added May 4, 2017

Lowell Massachusetts (in the Spring Light: Mill Town series)
Added April 27, 2017

Waltham Massachusetts (in the Spring Light: Mill Town series
Added April 20, 2017

Simulacrum: A view from a moving platform
Added April 14, 2017

Cabrini Green Updated (April 2017)
Added April 12, 2017

Chicago—North to South
Added April 10, 2017

Black & White Experiments
Added March 14, 2017

Faust 3 by Bread & Puppet Theater
Added March 10, 2017

Boston's Emerald Necklace: Franklin Park
Added February 28, 2017

Boston's Emerald Necklace: Jamaica Pond
Added February 26, 2017

Boston's Emerald Necklace: Arnold Arboretum
Added February 21, 2017

Boston's Emerald Necklace: Leverett Pond & Olmsted Park
Added February 7, 2017

Boston's Emerald Necklace: Back Bay Fens
Added February 4, 2017

The Women's March in Washington DC, January 21, 2017
Added January 30, 2017

DC Women's March Ascention 2017 (video)
Added January 30, 2017












Revised March 6, 2017

Auschwitz to Hiroshima: A Pilgrimage, 1995
2015 On Turtle Island, A Pilgrimage, 1995


Bread & Puppet Theater
2013 Mitakuye Oyasin:
All My Relations

2012 One Family
Revised Aug 15,2007

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

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

Scent of Earth

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

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

The Troubles —
& Actions Post 911




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

COMING-Winter 2017 photo workshops at Cambridge Center for Adult Education

Fall 2017 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)