Joseph Schell Photography

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

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.

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

A Bull Tule Elk navigates his way along a ridge on Point Reyes National Seashore.

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

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

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

Employees of Architecture for Humanity enjoy their newly renovated space.

Scott St. interior staircase. San Francisco, CA -Private Client

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A maintenance crew surveys a site of wind power mills near Brentwood Ca.

An interior design project documented for Alden Miller Interiors.

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

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

Photographed for Marin Magazine, a man walks past an illuminated wall at BioMarin, a Pharmaceutical Company.

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

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

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

Jan 14

Scott St. Interior Staircase


I worked with a private client on a Scott Street estate to help capture their internal staircase, upper floor and entry way by of incorporating motion, scale with human interaction. Check out a selection of the pics below.

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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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