Spring brings Calming Clarity and Energetic Inspiration


“Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm.” — John Muir The beating of the drums began and the sun shined bright. Even though it was only 50 degrees, it was feeling like spring. The aroma of blossoming plants, the crisp air, and the need for sunscreen all means that it’s finally a new season. I…

Discovering Japanese culture and traditions at the Cherry Blossom Festival


“You will never know the moon or stars, unless you breathe in their solar system and inspect it from many diverse vantage points as possible.” ― Shannon L. Alder The world really is an interesting place in which to discover unique history, inspiring people, and fascinating sights. Although I have my sights set on traveling…

Peace Day 2015 – Peace March in Mt. Airy


On September 21, 2015 a Peace March was held with Parkway NW students and others along Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy, Philadelphia. Participants walked with peace banners as well as T-shirts with the names of Philadelphia victims of gun violence. This featured collaborative event for Peace Day Philly 2015 was spearheaded by the Parkway NW High School for Peace…

Peace Day Philly Interfaith Celebration & Dialogue


As part of Peace Day Philly 2015, in recognition of the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21, An Interfaith Peace Celebration and Dialogue was held at the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia on Sept. 20. All images ©Debra Schell/2015 – All Rights Reserved. Peace Day Philly Band Members played as attendees discussed…

Peace Day 2015 Video “What will you do for Peace?”


This video was created on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. Peace Day Philly volunteers asked random people in Rittenhouse Square what they can do to contribute to a more peaceful world. The idea was to get people thinking about Peace Day, on Sept. 21. INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE The United Nations International Day of Peace, September…

Footprints of Peace/ Poetry for Peace


PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 2014—This International Peace Day, the Penn Museum in Philadelphia, in collaboration with City poet laureate emeritus and peace advocate Sonia Sanchez presents FOOTPRINTS OF PEACE. In a city, a country, and a world where violence is too often in the news, FOOTPRINTS OF PEACE brings together a multigenerational lineup of concerned poets, musicians…

Peace Day Philly 2014


PEACE DAY PHILLY Sing-A-Long for Peace at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia ] Peace Day Philly is a local initiative that promotes diverse and meaningful participation across the region in the United Nations International Day of Peace, a worldwide day observed on September 21. Peace Day Philly initiative welcomes Philly area organizations, neighborhoods, community groups, civic…

UN Peace Day Interfaith Service to End Gun Violence ~ Peace Day Philly Event


Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pa Peace Day Philly Event, Sept. 20, 2014 ~ Photography by Debra Schell ~ © Debra Schell/ 2014 Prints available for purchase, contact Debra for promotional or publication use~ Heeding God’s Call – Taking Action to End Gun Violence – Inspiring Hope, Raising Voices, Taking Action to End Gun Violence. God is calling…

2nd Annual Philadelphia United Jazz Festival


Philadelphia United Jazz Festival 2014 Photography by Debra Schell/ © Debra Schell / 2014 Photographs available for purchase, photographs only available for personal use, contact Debra for more information on usage of images for promotion and publication. Click HERE for FULL PHOTO GALLERY

Peace Day 2014 Video


Music by Farah Siraj Photographs of past Peace Day Philly events and Images For Peace.

Peace Day, What can you do for Peace?


  The International Day of Peace is in one week! What will you do on Peace Day? How can you help to make the world a Peaceful place to live? This year’s theme for Peace Day is Right to Peace. We all should have the right to live in a peaceful world. The reality is,…

Peace Day Countdown !~


International Day of Peace is less than 2 months away! How will you celebrate? I’m going to be part of Peace Day Philly again this year and to get ready for Peace Day, a group met at the Philadelphia Ethical Society. Below are photos from our meeting. I discussed the project I’m working on, Images…

Peace Day Philly 2013 Video


Last year I participated in activities during International Day of Peace, and I wanted to document events during Philadelphia’s event that day, Peace Day Philly.  I attended “What Can You Do for Peace?” on Friday (Sept. 20) evening. The event was held at Hawthorn Park in Philly. Several people spoke that night, encouraging the crowd…

Images For Peace


Last year I participated in Peace Day Philly, and I photographed many people, places, and events, all to celebrate the International Day of Peace, which is held each year on Sept. 21. Click here to view the work I created in 2013!  I enjoyed my experience, but I wanted to get more involved this year,…

Eastern State Penitentiary


Eastern State Penitentiary is a “gold mine” for any photographer. I had been wanting to get there for a while and finally decided to travel to Philly to create images of this cold, dark place. Brilliant light streams through the small cell windows, illuminating the chipped paint and debris left from a time long ago….

Peace Day Philly, Part 2


Here is the link to Part 1. As I arrived in Philadelphia on Saturday, I felt excited to be part of Peace Day Philly. I wanted to capture amazing people who were showing their support for peace. My plan was to photograph the “Global Minute for Peace” that was being held at Independence Mall between…

Peace Day Philly 2013, Part 1


Peace Day Philly started two years ago. It was a small, local idea, spurred by a global initiative to celebrate and embrace peace in the world. I was one year old in 1981, when Peace Day was adopted unanimously through a United Nations Resolution. It stated that the day should be devoted to commemorating and…

Food Photography


As part of the ASMP Philly Membership Exchange Series, this year’s theme was food photography. The workshop was held on Sept. 5 at Power Plant Productions, an awesome space for a studio. I attended and was able to learn a bit about how photographers get such amazing food photography shots, and how I can achieve…

Trip to Philly


I spent  yesterday in Philadelphia and it was awesome. I got to meet new friends, spent time with older friends, and was able to network with so many awesome photographers and really cool creatives in Philly. This was my fifth visit I believe, I’ve been to the city several times, it’s only about two hours…