Joseph Schell Photography

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

Nefertiti Franks, 18, looks out the window of her Excelsior foster home while contemplating the State of California's decision to extend the maximum foster child's age from 18 to 21-years-old. -The San Francisco Examiner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

At nearly 5am, San Francisco Bar Pilots navigate the Nicaraguan vessel MSC Flavia through the Port of Oakland.

49ers quarterback Alex Smith runs in a touchdown against the Saints in the NFC Divisional at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012. The 49ers eventually won the game, 36-32. -San Francisco Examiner

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

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

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

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

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

Employees of Architecture for Humanity enjoy their newly renovated space.

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.

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

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

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

Feb 18

OHIO Designs-California Home and Design Magazine

I recently had the pleasure of photographing OHIO Design Studio in San Francisco’s Mission District for California Home and Design Magazine. The studio prides themselves on affordable, high quality products made with superb design, materials, method and character.

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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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