Joseph Schell Photography

Part of a larger project of Indians at work, a man poses in his Kolkata machine shop.

James Mitchell of Sunset Shapers in San Francisco's beachside Outer Sunset District shapes a surf board by hand.

A welder works underground San Francisco on the SFMTA Central Subway Project.

San Jose Earthquakes Marvin Chavez battles the Geoff Cameron of the Houston Dynamos at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Employees of Architecture for Humanity enjoy their newly renovated space.

Hayley Norris spins poi on the beach of Helsketh Island, a small privately owned island outside of Homer, Alaska in Kachemak Bay.

Sinjin Davis of the long board skate crew, Sunset Sliders, barrels around a corner on SF's Potrero Hill. -The Bold Italic

Friday Night All Indian Bull riding competition in Round Rock Arizona.

Downtown San Francisco hi-rise interior detail. -Mason Kirby Architects

Photographed in a vacant volcano in Argentina, a woman gazes up at the incoming light.

A hiker gazes out from inside Elephant Cave in the Point Reyes National Seashore of California.

Mayor of Berkeley, Tom Bates, poses for photos at the Berkeley's Ashby BART Ed Roberts complex while creating reelection art.

Barrel racing is one of many contests featured at the annual Best Buck in the Bay Rodeo, located in La Honda, CA. -The Bay Citizen

The BLM rounds up horses via helicopter in the NW corner of Nevada as part of a effort to control the wild horse population on open range land.

Protesters gather in front of the Federal building as part of a protest for their religious freedom.

Giant's pitcher Barry Zito delivers a pitch on Opening Day of the 2013 baseball season.

Cross-dresser Chaz Chujak transforms himself into Helen Waite, an alter ego of an 50's housewife that sells throws Tupperware parties. -The Bold Italic

A crowd of performers warm their drums around a fire in the San Telmo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

An interior design project documented for Alden Miller Interiors.

Weekenders cool off in a waterfall and pool in Anderson Valley.

A performer poses for a moment at a San Francisco private event.

A maintenance worker pauses for a moment high above San Francisco in the iconic landmark, Sutro Tower.

The mid-summer melt of Beloit Glacier results in large chunks of ice flowing out of Blackstone Bay and into Alaska's Prince William Sound.

Sumo wrestlers square off in San Francisco's Japan Town.

San Mateo resident Daniella Martin, an aspiring host a television show on insect cookery and a budding entomophagist, presents her idea of an appetizer: a scorpion on a fresh endive leaf with crème fraîche and an orange wedge. -SF Weekly

The America's Cup racing graces the windy waters of San Francisco bay, July 2013.

Clients and Projects

Teotitlán del Valle-Rug Weavers

While traveling in Oaxacan town of Teotitlán del Valle I befriended Francisco ‘Paco’ González and his mother, a family of weavers. Over several visits to their home they showed me the art of crushing dye for color in the rugs, the making of yarn from raw wool. This community of Teotitlán del Valle is known for its woven wool […]

Sustainable Ocean

Kurt Lombard is a seafood foraging expert, and aims to prove that eating local (like, down the street local) could lead to a more sustainable future for the world’s oceans. See the full story here.

The Lonely Highway - Blog

Dec 30

Architect Mason Kirby Inc


A San Francisco-based firm, Architect Mason Kirby is a full service architectural design firm that provides architecture, planning, interiors and development advisory services to commercial and residential clients. Project: Documenting various Bay Area Commercial and Residential architectural projects.

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About Joseph

I currently reside in San Francisco, California, but grew up in the Skagit River Valley of Washington’s Puget Sound. I pride myself as a keen observer of the world around me and like to think that my rural upbringing, companionship of my three siblings, and the creative influence of my parents has led me to not only strive toward creativity, but to appreciate the beauty of the people and world around me.

As for my photography, I’m drawn to patterns, high contrasts, story telling juxtapositions and small details that make up a whole. Further within my approach, I strive toward an objective method of recording my surroundings, rather than a subjective production of art.


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