Bryan Farley Photography Educator
Bryan Farley Photography Educator
Bryan Farley Photography Educator
Bryan Farley Photography Educator
Bryan Farley Photography Educator

    Farley Family Photos – The Orchards

    My kids and I have taken photos every year at the same Walnut Creek location for almost ten years. When we started, we called our spot “the meadow.” Recently, “our meadow” has been developed and named “The Orchards.”

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    We visited our meadow again last weekend after my son’s baseball game. It was the first day of the “time change,” which gave us an extra hour of sunlight. The 2017 Annual Farley Family Photos.

     (bryan farley)

    My kids were not happy with the change.They missed the open space. They felt that something special had been taken, but they made it work.

     (bryan farley)

    Last weekend my son played with a little boy; the little boy has recently become a big brother.
     (bryan farley)

    Watching my son, reminded me of this picture from 2010. Mason was about the same age as the boy he met last weekend.

     (bryan farley)

    Even though my daughter was sad about the changes, I was proud that she noticed some of the new trees had not been planted correctly.… Read the rest

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    The 2017 Melrose Leadership Kindergarten Portraits

    This is the eighth year that I have photographed the Melrose Leadership Academy dual immersion kindergarten students. I have photographed every kindergarten class since MLA introduced the Spanish bilingual program. My daughter was in the first class; my son started two years later. I have also photographed other activities, often as the Historian. (See the MLA Collection of Galleries.)

     (bryan farley)

    MLA is an OUSD district school. We have created something special in a place where failure is expected. If I did not have my pictures, I would question whether we ever built the school. Some days, I still wonder if I am hallucinating.

     (bryan farley)

    One of my mentors, Jim McNay, recently sent me an article about long-term projects from the Magnum Photo Agency site. The authors provide “Five lessons in developing and sustaining a long-term photographic project.” The first lesson: have a mission statement. Why is this story important?

     (bryan farley)

    My goals have changed during the eight years, but my reasons have remained consistent.… Read the rest

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    Hot Couture 2017 – The Beautiful Ones

    Netta Brielle sings a tribute to Prince at the 2017 Hot Couture fashion show. (bryan farley)

    Last month I photographed the Hot Couture fashion show at Oakland’s Crucible. The 2017 Hot Couture fashion show was inspired by the artist Prince and called “The Beautiful One’s.”

     (bryan farley)

    This is the fourth consecutive Hot Couture that I have photographed and I tried to be inspired by Prince. I created an 84 image photo gallery. Prince released the album and movie Purple Rain in 1984. “The Beautiful Ones” is a song on Purple Rain.

     (bryan farley)

    While “The Beautiful Ones” is not my favorite Prince song, it probably captures my feelings about him. The song captures the contradictions. He was an artist who was passionate. (“You were so hard to find”) He was a passionate artist who yearned to “paint the perfect picture.” He was like all the beautiful ones, “You always seem to lose.” We lost him too early.

     (bryan farley)

    When Prince died, I lost something. One year ago today, Prince performed in Oakland.… Read the rest

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    Songs for California

    “I’m out to sing the songs that will prove to you that this is your world, no matter what color, what size you are, or how you were built.” Woody Guthrie

     (bryan farley)

    Yesterday I drove to the Central Valley to photograph the Fresno County Blossom Trail. I wanted to reconnect with the part of myself that knows Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” and “Tom Joad.”

     (bryan farley)

    I have traveled home several times during the recent drought years to photograph the blossoms. The farmers found water, but each year life felt more desperate.

     (bryan farley)

    There is a beauty about the valley. Many people never experience it. Many people never experience the struggle either; they only read about it from John Steinbeck.

     (bryan farley)

    People have migrated to California for more than one hundred years searching for a better life. In the 1930’s, Okies searched for work in the fields of the Central Valley. In the following decades, people from other parts of the world have followed.… Read the rest

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    A Letter to a Teenager

    Today my daughter is 13 years and 13 days old. As she approached thirteen, we discussed the significance of her becoming a teenager… and we both realized that we did not feel anything different. It felt like just another year.

     (bryan farley)

    When she was ten, I collected photographs from her first ten years. One of the photographs is below. This year I collected photographs from age 10 to 13 years and 13 days.

     (bryan farley)

    When I wrote three years ago in the ten years post, I said “there is nothing better than being a father.” That is still true.

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    For age 10 to 13, I collected a gallery of 131 photographs. We have visited some of the same places for the last several years. Emily and her brother have helped me create new memories too. Thirteen may not feel older, but it looks older.

     (Bryan Farley)

    I have been lucky to be a father to two wonderful children.… Read the rest

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    2017 Winter Performance Expo

    I wanted to publish positive images today… reminders about the beauty of my children’s world.

     (bryan farley)

    On Wednesday January 18, 2017, Melrose Leadership Academy in Oakland held their Winter Performance Expo. Here is my photo gallery slideshow of 121 images.

     (bryan farley)

    On Wednesday night, Oakland Unified held another board meeting to discuss budget shortfalls. Today, our new President said in his Inaugural Address that America had “an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge.”

     (bryan farley)

    It has not been my experience, first as a teacher in OUSD, and now as a parent in OUSD, that we are either “flush with cash” nor depriving students. We have not deprived students the 8 years that I have had a child at MLA.

     (bryan farley)

    We have often struggled in our neighborhood and in our school… we have often struggled at the neighborhood school, but there has always been something to celebrate.

    This is the 8th year I have photographed students at MLA.… Read the rest

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    Farley Family Photos – The Orchards

    My kids and I have taken photos every year at the same Walnut Creek location for almost ten years. When we started, we called our spot “the meadow.” Recently, “our meadow” has been developed and named “The Orchards.”

     (bryan farley)

    We visited our meadow again last weekend after my son’s baseball game. It was the first day of the “time change,” which gave us an extra hour of sunlight. The 2017 Annual Farley Family Photos.

     (bryan farley)

    My kids were not happy with the change.They missed the open space. They felt that something special had been taken, but they made it work.

     (bryan farley)

    Last weekend my son played with a little boy; the little boy has recently become a big brother.
     (bryan farley)

    Watching my son, reminded me of this picture from 2010. Mason was about the same age as the boy he met last weekend.

     (bryan farley)

    Even though my daughter was sad about the changes, I was proud that she noticed some of the new trees had not been planted correctly.… Read the rest

    The 2017 Melrose Leadership Kindergarten Portraits

    This is the eighth year that I have photographed the Melrose Leadership Academy dual immersion kindergarten students. I have photographed every kindergarten class since MLA introduced the Spanish bilingual program. My daughter was in the first class; my son started two years later. I have also photographed other activities, often as the Historian. (See the MLA Collection of Galleries.)

     (bryan farley)

    MLA is an OUSD district school. We have created something special in a place where failure is expected. If I did not have my pictures, I would question whether we ever built the school. Some days, I still wonder if I am hallucinating.

     (bryan farley)

    One of my mentors, Jim McNay, recently sent me an article about long-term projects from the Magnum Photo Agency site. The authors provide “Five lessons in developing and sustaining a long-term photographic project.” The first lesson: have a mission statement. Why is this story important?

     (bryan farley)

    My goals have changed during the eight years, but my reasons have remained consistent.… Read the rest

    Hot Couture 2017 – The Beautiful Ones

    Netta Brielle sings a tribute to Prince at the 2017 Hot Couture fashion show. (bryan farley)

    Last month I photographed the Hot Couture fashion show at Oakland’s Crucible. The 2017 Hot Couture fashion show was inspired by the artist Prince and called “The Beautiful One’s.”

     (bryan farley)

    This is the fourth consecutive Hot Couture that I have photographed and I tried to be inspired by Prince. I created an 84 image photo gallery. Prince released the album and movie Purple Rain in 1984. “The Beautiful Ones” is a song on Purple Rain.

     (bryan farley)

    While “The Beautiful Ones” is not my favorite Prince song, it probably captures my feelings about him. The song captures the contradictions. He was an artist who was passionate. (“You were so hard to find”) He was a passionate artist who yearned to “paint the perfect picture.” He was like all the beautiful ones, “You always seem to lose.” We lost him too early.

     (bryan farley)

    When Prince died, I lost something. One year ago today, Prince performed in Oakland.… Read the rest


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