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    Let Oakland Be Oakland Again


    Oakland Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington celebrated her service to the people of Oakland during a "Farewell Party" at the Old Kan Beer & Company on Monday, December 17, 2018. Annie chose not to seek re-election in 2018 and has taken a new position at UC Berkeley. (bryan farley)

     

    I was invited to Annie Campbell Washington’s “Farewell Party” at the Old Kan Beer & Company. I brought my camera. Someone else brought the photo booth.

     

    I took a few photos. I recommend viewing them as a slideshow.

    Oakland Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington celebrated her service to the people of Oakland during a "Farewell Party" at the Old Kan Beer & Company on Monday, December 17, 2018. Annie chose not to seek re-election in 2018 and has taken a new position at UC Berkeley. (bryan farley)

    Annie is not really going away. After thirteen years working for the City of Oakland, Annie is going back to Cal to work for the Goldman School of Public Policy.

    Oakland Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington celebrated her service to the people of Oakland during a "Farewell Party" at the Old Kan Beer & Company on Monday, December 17, 2018. Annie chose not to seek re-election in 2018 and has taken a new position at UC Berkeley. (bryan farley)

    Speaking from personal experience, I do not know if farewell means forever. I moved to Alameda a little over a year ago, and I haven’t learned the ways of the Alameda Folks yet. I met my new mayor, Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, at Annie’s event. I reminisced with my old mayor, Libby Schaaf, about the first time we met when she was a city council candidate knocking on my front door.

    Oakland Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington celebrated her service to the people of Oakland during a "Farewell Party" at the Old Kan Beer & Company on Monday, December 17, 2018. Annie chose not to seek re-election in 2018 and has taken a new position at UC Berkeley. (bryan farley)

    As I am still writing during the last hour of One Christmas Eve and forcing creativity between the space of inspiration and appropriation, I realize that it is sometime necessary to step away from something you love before you can return.… Read the rest

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    Make Epilepsy Great Again

    Show me a hero, and I’ll write you a tragedy – F. Scott Fitzgerald

     (bryan farley)

    The Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California held their annual gala at San Francisco’s Four Seasons Hotel on Saturday, November 10, 2018. It was a 1920’s themed event with dinner, dancing, auction and speakers. The fundraiser was pretty good, but it left me “feeling so Gatsby.”

    Photo Gallery

    Notes


     (bryan farley)

    While I understand the desire to go back to a more simple time like the Roaring 20’s, these events erase history and devalue my experience. In the 1920’s, we were sent to our own colonies or asylums, (the colonies were for the “epileptic insane”). Laws restricted marriage for people with epilepsy. The EEG was not “discovered” until 1929. Hitler would soon begin experimenting on those of us with epilepsy.

    If we are going to play make believe, could we at least go back to the era of “the sacred disease” when a son of Zeus became a hero?

    Read the rest

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    Lucy Spraggan Concert – San Francisco

    Last month I photographed English musician Lucy Spraggan.

     (bryan farley)

    Lucy performed at San Francisco’s Bottom of the Hill; Tawnee Kendall and Amina Shareef Ali were also on the September 26, 2018 lineup.

     (bryan farley)

    Here are my photos of Lucy from the evening.

     (bryan farley)

    Lisa is much more popular in England than she is in the United States. After Lucy played San Francisco, she returned home to larger venues. Those of us who saw her perform on the west coast were fortunate to watch her in an intimate setting. Last month in San Francisco, the small venue was not full.

    This week, Spraggan sold out much larger venues during her UK tour.

     (bryan farley)

    In an earlier decade, San Francisco might have welcomed Spraggan enthusiastically. I still don’t know the reasons that her Bay Area concert was not better attended. Has San Francisco changed or has the world changed? Spraggan visited during Dreamforce, an annual Salesforce conference.… Read the rest

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    We Came As Romans – Kyle Pavone

    So this is where it ends, the road we took together (together, together)
    Turn another page, however and forever (forever, forever)

    We Came As Romans, from “Memories”

     (bryan farley)

    Last week, We Came As Roman’s lead singer Kyle Pavone died from what has been called an accidental drug overdose. Today, the band released a statement about the cause of death. The band also announced that the Kyle Pavone Foundation has been established to “serve and advocate for the musician community in their time of greatest need….”

     (bryan farley)

    When I photographed the Michigan band during the 2013 Vans Warped Tour, I noticed the Detroit Tigers lettering. When I edited my old files today, I realized that America was honoring the Queen of Soul in Detroit. I love Aretha Franklin, but I also enjoyed We Came As Romans and I know that there are many people grieving this loss too.

     (bryan farley)

    If you are an older person like me, you might assume that a loud energetic band would have a destructive message… and you would be wrong.… Read the rest

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    Hornet Lunar Eclipse

     (bryan farley)

    If you live in North America, you may have missed the total lunar eclipse last weekend. The eclipse was visible throughout the rest of the world and it was also the longest total eclipse of the century.

     (bryan farley)

    Six months ago, my children and I viewed a total lunar eclipse near our Bay Area home. We spent the night on the deck of the USS Hornet. The USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum hosted a “Blue Moon, Super Moon and Lunar Eclipse” viewing party on January 30-31.

     (bryan farley)

    A “Blue Moon” and “Super Moon” might sound exciting, but the total lunar eclipse happened at night. It might not have been the longest eclipse of the century, but we still spent the entire night on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier in the San Francisco Bay. We were wet and cold and tired.

     (bryan farley)

    Most people slept underneath the deck or arrived in the middle of the night.… Read the rest

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    MLA Pioneer Promotion

     (bryan farley)

    In 2009, the first two classes of Melrose Leadership Academy dual immersion kindergarten students started school. Last month, the first two classes of 8th grade MLA dual immersion students finished middle school. I photographed the June 7, 2018 promotion ceremony and a celebration dinner the day earlier.

    When we started at the school, we could only imagine the first 8th graduation class. Now, these students are part of the school’s legacy. I have included photos from the first kindergarten graduation as well as photo galleries from the Promotion Ceremony and 8th Grade Party.

     (bryan farley)

    I have collected nearly 100 photography galleries in my MLA Photography Collection. I started photographing some of the graduating Melrose Leadership Academy students when they were still in pre-school. My daughter was part of the first kindergarten class; my son started two years later. My children did not finish at MLA, but they are also part of the legacy.… Read the rest

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    Let Oakland Be Oakland Again


    Oakland Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington celebrated her service to the people of Oakland during a "Farewell Party" at the Old Kan Beer & Company on Monday, December 17, 2018. Annie chose not to seek re-election in 2018 and has taken a new position at UC Berkeley. (bryan farley)

     

    I was invited to Annie Campbell Washington’s “Farewell Party” at the Old Kan Beer & Company. I brought my camera. Someone else brought the photo booth.

     

    I took a few photos. I recommend viewing them as a slideshow.

    Oakland Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington celebrated her service to the people of Oakland during a "Farewell Party" at the Old Kan Beer & Company on Monday, December 17, 2018. Annie chose not to seek re-election in 2018 and has taken a new position at UC Berkeley. (bryan farley)

    Annie is not really going away. After thirteen years working for the City of Oakland, Annie is going back to Cal to work for the Goldman School of Public Policy.

    Oakland Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington celebrated her service to the people of Oakland during a "Farewell Party" at the Old Kan Beer & Company on Monday, December 17, 2018. Annie chose not to seek re-election in 2018 and has taken a new position at UC Berkeley. (bryan farley)

    Speaking from personal experience, I do not know if farewell means forever. I moved to Alameda a little over a year ago, and I haven’t learned the ways of the Alameda Folks yet. I met my new mayor, Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, at Annie’s event. I reminisced with my old mayor, Libby Schaaf, about the first time we met when she was a city council candidate knocking on my front door.

    Oakland Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington celebrated her service to the people of Oakland during a "Farewell Party" at the Old Kan Beer & Company on Monday, December 17, 2018. Annie chose not to seek re-election in 2018 and has taken a new position at UC Berkeley. (bryan farley)

    As I am still writing during the last hour of One Christmas Eve and forcing creativity between the space of inspiration and appropriation, I realize that it is sometime necessary to step away from something you love before you can return.… Read the rest

    Make Epilepsy Great Again

    Show me a hero, and I’ll write you a tragedy – F. Scott Fitzgerald

     (bryan farley)

    The Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California held their annual gala at San Francisco’s Four Seasons Hotel on Saturday, November 10, 2018. It was a 1920’s themed event with dinner, dancing, auction and speakers. The fundraiser was pretty good, but it left me “feeling so Gatsby.”

    Photo Gallery

    Notes


     (bryan farley)

    While I understand the desire to go back to a more simple time like the Roaring 20’s, these events erase history and devalue my experience. In the 1920’s, we were sent to our own colonies or asylums, (the colonies were for the “epileptic insane”). Laws restricted marriage for people with epilepsy. The EEG was not “discovered” until 1929. Hitler would soon begin experimenting on those of us with epilepsy.

    If we are going to play make believe, could we at least go back to the era of “the sacred disease” when a son of Zeus became a hero?

    Read the rest

    Lucy Spraggan Concert – San Francisco

    Last month I photographed English musician Lucy Spraggan.

     (bryan farley)

    Lucy performed at San Francisco’s Bottom of the Hill; Tawnee Kendall and Amina Shareef Ali were also on the September 26, 2018 lineup.

     (bryan farley)

    Here are my photos of Lucy from the evening.

     (bryan farley)

    Lisa is much more popular in England than she is in the United States. After Lucy played San Francisco, she returned home to larger venues. Those of us who saw her perform on the west coast were fortunate to watch her in an intimate setting. Last month in San Francisco, the small venue was not full.

    This week, Spraggan sold out much larger venues during her UK tour.

     (bryan farley)

    In an earlier decade, San Francisco might have welcomed Spraggan enthusiastically. I still don’t know the reasons that her Bay Area concert was not better attended. Has San Francisco changed or has the world changed? Spraggan visited during Dreamforce, an annual Salesforce conference.… Read the rest


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