Bryan Farley Photography Educator
Bryan Farley Photography Educator
Bryan Farley Photography Educator
Bryan Farley Photography Educator
Bryan Farley Photography Educator
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    The Photo Book of Questions?

    Must news be new?

    Is five years too soon?

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is a photo book worth?

     (bryan farley)

    Five years ago, I taught at San Marin High School in Novato, California. From the moment I applied for the position on August 16th, 2010, until my last day at the school, I made powerful images. I started to belive in “photo gods.” I felt that if I just showed up with my camera, I would find a picture.

     (bryan farley)

    During the last few months, I have been physically unable to take pictures at the same speed. Instead of making pictures, I have been making photo books. I created one book about the 2011 San Marin Boys Basketball team. In 2011, the team won its first North Coast Section championship in school history. Eventually, the team lost in the CIF State Tournament.

     (bryan farley)

    I used Adobe Lightroom and Blurb to create a 110 page hard cover photo book.… Read the rest

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    Mason Farley's 10th birthday at Alta Bates Hospital

    Mason Farley – And The Family Stone

    Today is my birthday. My son’s birthday was six days ago. (I am a little older than he is.)

     (bryan farley)

    Just as I did with my daughter on her tenth birthday, my son and I returned to the hospital where he was born ten years earlier for a photo shoot reunion. This time my daughter joined us since she had also been there when my son was born.

    I also created a photo gallery of some of my favorite photos from his first ten years.

     (bryan farley)

    My daughter called the hospital “Magic Land,” because it gave life. (You can see and read more here.) Mason did not seem as reverential as his sister, but that does not mean he dismisses magic or life.

     (bryan farley)

    When we visited the Magic Kingdom six years ago, it rained much of the weekend. Mason found life where many of us found disappointment.

     (Bryan Farley)

    Mason likes magic. Unfortunately, I could not find the old photos of “Mason the Magician,” but I found many wonderful memories.… Read the rest

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    JEA 2013-8744

    Emotional Photography Mind Tricks

    “Photographers mistake the emotion they feel while taking the photo as a judgment that the photograph is good.” – Garry Winogrand

     (bryan farley)

    I regularly ask my students to choose their favorite photographs and their best photographs. These are separate activities; however, for the reason that Winogrand mentions above, beginning photographers often confuse the difference. Students can mistake their positive memories for positive assessments. Other times, students’ memories cloud their ability to judge (or see) their best work. In other words, if a picture doesn’t feel good, it must not be good… or so it would seem.

     (bryan farley)

    Gary Winogrand is not my favorite photographer. Nor do I think he is the best, but there is no doubting his influence, especially in the world of street photography. Three years ago, during the JEA/NSPA 2013 Spring National High School Journalism Convention, I visited SF MOMA ‘s Winogrand exhibit. Two days earlier, I had taught a photo workshop to student journalists. Until recently, I assumed that the workshop was a failure, because I measured the workshop by my emotions at the time.… Read the rest

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    The 5th annual National Walk for Epilepsy was held in Washington, D. C. on the National Mall. Tony Coelho, the author of the Americans with Disabilities Act, also has epilepsy.

    10 Years and Walking – National Epilepsy Walk

    Electric word, life

     (bryan farley)

    On Saturday April 16, 2016 I attended the 10th Annual National Walk for Epilepsy in Washington, D.C. I have attended the last seven national walks. In this post I have included at least one photo from each walk and a link to the gallery.

    When I started attending the national walks, I was nervous and quiet. After a couple of walks, I became vocal and visible. Three years ago, I retreated when my wife and I separated. Two steps forward, one step….

    Electric word, life

     (bryan farley)

    People with epilepsy refer to ourselves as a family. Prince, who died today, was part of our family. Our family feels lonelier and quieter tonight without him. Prince was known to disguise himself so that he could appear in public. As I reviewed the seven galleries, I hoped that he attended one of our events… join our secret club. I would have joined his secret club, but I did not want to impose. I was protective of him.… Read the rest

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    2016 Farley Family Photo Transition

    We have a family photo tradition that mirrors our family. My two children and I have gone to the same location since 2008 and taken photos in an urban meadow. During the last two years, the meadow became a construction site. While our meadow became a shopping mall, our family split into two households in two cities. I guess there is a metaphor here, but I am not sure which is which. I really miss our meadow and the kids are dealing with the family transition better than I had feared.

     (bryan farley)

    When we visited the meadow last year, we were surprised to find the fence surrounding our site. This year we assumed that our meadow had disappeared, although we hoped that the construction fences were only temporary. I could feel us going through the stages of grief.

     (bryan farley)

    I haven’t reached the final DABDA stage yet. I haven’t accepted that our meadow is gone forever. I hope that next year the land will return to full bloom.… Read the rest

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    MLA 2016 Kindergarten

    The 2016 Melrose Leadership Kindergarten Portraits

    This is the seventh year that I have photographed the Melrose Leadership Academy kindergarten students.

     (bryan farley)

    I started the project when my daughter was in kindergarten.  My daughter is no longer a student at MLA, but some of her former kindergarten classmates still attend MLA and they helped me with this year’s shoot.

     (bryan farley)

    Last year I wrote about how the project began. Each year I search for a new idea. I wish I had thought about including the original kindergarten students earlier.

     (bryan farley)

    I want my images to reflect MLA’s community spirit. By including the older students, the kindergarten portraits show more of the community spirit that I have always witnessed. I remember when my fourth grade son started MLA. He liked having the older role models. Did the older kids realize how much they were appreciated?

     (bryan farley)

    Today is Cesar Chavez Day. Some agencies and districts honor the holiday. It’s a complicated holiday for many reasons. I think that the holiday is even more complicated, because it calls for us to honor community building.… Read the rest

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    The Photo Book of Questions?

    Must news be new?

    Is five years too soon?

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is a photo book worth?

     (bryan farley)

    Five years ago, I taught at San Marin High School in Novato, California. From the moment I applied for the position on August 16th, 2010, until my last day at the school, I made powerful images. I started to belive in “photo gods.” I felt that if I just showed up with my camera, I would find a picture.

     (bryan farley)

    During the last few months, I have been physically unable to take pictures at the same speed. Instead of making pictures, I have been making photo books. I created one book about the 2011 San Marin Boys Basketball team. In 2011, the team won its first North Coast Section championship in school history. Eventually, the team lost in the CIF State Tournament.

     (bryan farley)

    I used Adobe Lightroom and Blurb to create a 110 page hard cover photo book.… Read the rest

    Mason Farley – And The Family Stone

    Today is my birthday. My son’s birthday was six days ago. (I am a little older than he is.)

     (bryan farley)

    Just as I did with my daughter on her tenth birthday, my son and I returned to the hospital where he was born ten years earlier for a photo shoot reunion. This time my daughter joined us since she had also been there when my son was born.

    I also created a photo gallery of some of my favorite photos from his first ten years.

     (bryan farley)

    My daughter called the hospital “Magic Land,” because it gave life. (You can see and read more here.) Mason did not seem as reverential as his sister, but that does not mean he dismisses magic or life.

     (bryan farley)

    When we visited the Magic Kingdom six years ago, it rained much of the weekend. Mason found life where many of us found disappointment.

     (Bryan Farley)

    Mason likes magic. Unfortunately, I could not find the old photos of “Mason the Magician,” but I found many wonderful memories.… Read the rest

    Emotional Photography Mind Tricks

    “Photographers mistake the emotion they feel while taking the photo as a judgment that the photograph is good.” – Garry Winogrand

     (bryan farley)

    I regularly ask my students to choose their favorite photographs and their best photographs. These are separate activities; however, for the reason that Winogrand mentions above, beginning photographers often confuse the difference. Students can mistake their positive memories for positive assessments. Other times, students’ memories cloud their ability to judge (or see) their best work. In other words, if a picture doesn’t feel good, it must not be good… or so it would seem.

     (bryan farley)

    Gary Winogrand is not my favorite photographer. Nor do I think he is the best, but there is no doubting his influence, especially in the world of street photography. Three years ago, during the JEA/NSPA 2013 Spring National High School Journalism Convention, I visited SF MOMA ‘s Winogrand exhibit. Two days earlier, I had taught a photo workshop to student journalists. Until recently, I assumed that the workshop was a failure, because I measured the workshop by my emotions at the time.… Read the rest


    Causes and Events

    The 5th annual National Walk for Epilepsy was held in Washington, D. C. on the National Mall. Tony Coelho, the author of the Americans with Disabilities Act, also has epilepsy.
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