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

    Kamala Harris Presidential Campaign Launch Rally

    You can’t be what you can’t see. – Marian Wright Edelman

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    On Sunday, January 27, 2019, California Senator Kamala Harris officially launched her 2020 presidential campaign at Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf introduced Harris in front of City Hall. According to various reports, the Oakland Police Department estimated more than 20,000 people attended.

    Photo Gallery Slideshow

     (bryan farley)

    Harris established herself as a leading candidate, but it’s early. The evening that Harris launched her campaign, Howard Schultz (almost) announced that he was running as an Independent. A few days later, the federal government reopened. President Trump finally delivered the State of the Union address. By the time the first votes are cast next February in Iowa, Virginia might… I don’t know about Virginia.

     (bryan farley)

    I attended the event with two student journalists. In the photo above, high school student Ivan Garcia is photographing Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis.… Read the rest

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    Dorothy … And a Band to Sing With

    I have wanted to photograph the band Dorothy since I received an email from their publicist last year. Unfortunately, I missed last year’s shows, but I finally saw them at Sacramento’s Ace of Spades on January 19th. It was worth the wait and the trip. I even saw a cool opening band Spirit Animal.

    Below are the galleries and some thoughts.

    Dorothy Photo Gallery / Slideshow

     (bryan farley)

    I wish my positive review would help Dorothy Martin and her “can’t miss” band succeed, but I worry that I am not the best judge of contemporary music trends, and my review will only hurt. Dorothy has the music and the musicians to make it, but I don’t know if it’s their time.

     (bryan farley)

    When I saw Dorothy on January 19th, I was aware that Janis Joplin and Dolly Parton both shared that birthday. The music business is difficult, and leading women singers have had special challenges.Read the rest

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    From an Oakland Gala

    I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s Inaugural Gala to benefit the Oakland Promise and Keep Oakland Housed on Friday, January 11, 2019 at the Fox Theater.

    Here is the photo gallery; it might be best viewed in slideshow format.

    The 2019 Mayor's Inaugural Gala to benefit the Oakland Promise was held on January 11, 2019 at the Fox Theatre in Oakland. (bryan farley)

    I have been photographing Mayor Schaaf since she ran for Oakland City Council. After she became mayor, I photographed her first inauguration and celebrations.

    The 2019 Mayor's Inaugural Gala to benefit the Oakland Promise was held on January 11, 2019 at the Fox Theatre in Oakland. (bryan farley)

    In November 2015, when Libby celebrated her 50th with a fundraiser gala, I photographed that event too.

    The 2019 Mayor's Inaugural Gala to benefit the Oakland Promise was held on January 11, 2019 at the Fox Theatre in Oakland. (bryan farley)

    The Bay Area is fortunate to have innovative committed leaders. We are also fortunate to have artists who are committed to changing how we see the world, including Bandaloop. Bandaloop is a group of dancers who dance through the sky.

    The 2019 Mayor's Inaugural Gala to benefit the Oakland Promise was held on January 11, 2019 at the Fox Theatre in Oakland. (bryan farley)

    I met Sara Agah Franti and Michael Franti at the gala. They are two more Bay Area artists who help us see and hear the world differently.… 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

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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.”

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    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?

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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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    Kamala Harris Presidential Campaign Launch Rally

    You can’t be what you can’t see. – Marian Wright Edelman

     (bryan farley)

    On Sunday, January 27, 2019, California Senator Kamala Harris officially launched her 2020 presidential campaign at Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf introduced Harris in front of City Hall. According to various reports, the Oakland Police Department estimated more than 20,000 people attended.

    Photo Gallery Slideshow

     (bryan farley)

    Harris established herself as a leading candidate, but it’s early. The evening that Harris launched her campaign, Howard Schultz (almost) announced that he was running as an Independent. A few days later, the federal government reopened. President Trump finally delivered the State of the Union address. By the time the first votes are cast next February in Iowa, Virginia might… I don’t know about Virginia.

     (bryan farley)

    I attended the event with two student journalists. In the photo above, high school student Ivan Garcia is photographing Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis.… Read the rest

    Dorothy … And a Band to Sing With

    I have wanted to photograph the band Dorothy since I received an email from their publicist last year. Unfortunately, I missed last year’s shows, but I finally saw them at Sacramento’s Ace of Spades on January 19th. It was worth the wait and the trip. I even saw a cool opening band Spirit Animal.

    Below are the galleries and some thoughts.

    Dorothy Photo Gallery / Slideshow

     (bryan farley)

    I wish my positive review would help Dorothy Martin and her “can’t miss” band succeed, but I worry that I am not the best judge of contemporary music trends, and my review will only hurt. Dorothy has the music and the musicians to make it, but I don’t know if it’s their time.

     (bryan farley)

    When I saw Dorothy on January 19th, I was aware that Janis Joplin and Dolly Parton both shared that birthday. The music business is difficult, and leading women singers have had special challenges.Read the rest

    From an Oakland Gala

    I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s Inaugural Gala to benefit the Oakland Promise and Keep Oakland Housed on Friday, January 11, 2019 at the Fox Theater.

    Here is the photo gallery; it might be best viewed in slideshow format.

    The 2019 Mayor's Inaugural Gala to benefit the Oakland Promise was held on January 11, 2019 at the Fox Theatre in Oakland. (bryan farley)

    I have been photographing Mayor Schaaf since she ran for Oakland City Council. After she became mayor, I photographed her first inauguration and celebrations.

    The 2019 Mayor's Inaugural Gala to benefit the Oakland Promise was held on January 11, 2019 at the Fox Theatre in Oakland. (bryan farley)

    In November 2015, when Libby celebrated her 50th with a fundraiser gala, I photographed that event too.

    The 2019 Mayor's Inaugural Gala to benefit the Oakland Promise was held on January 11, 2019 at the Fox Theatre in Oakland. (bryan farley)

    The Bay Area is fortunate to have innovative committed leaders. We are also fortunate to have artists who are committed to changing how we see the world, including Bandaloop. Bandaloop is a group of dancers who dance through the sky.

    The 2019 Mayor's Inaugural Gala to benefit the Oakland Promise was held on January 11, 2019 at the Fox Theatre in Oakland. (bryan farley)

    I met Sara Agah Franti and Michael Franti at the gala. They are two more Bay Area artists who help us see and hear the world differently.… Read the rest


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