Bryan Farley Photography Educator
Bryan Farley Photography Educator
Bryan Farley Photography Educator
Bryan Farley Photography Educator
Bryan Farley Photography Educator
    2016 Inventing Our Future-web-5902

    Into the Heart of Integrated Learning

    Twilight, lost my way
    Twilight, can’t find my way

    In the shadows, boy meets man (from U2’s Twilight)

     (bryan farley)

    Last week I photographed Inventing Our Future 2016 at Chabot Space and Science Museum in Oakland, California. The three day event was the Fifth Annual Integrated Learning Summer Institute sponsored by Alameda County Office of Education and other regional partners. The conference emphasizes how art can improve education across the curriculum. I have attended the last four summer workshops.

     (bryan farley)

    As the photographer, I visit all 33 workshops. I also meet the morning plenary speakers. I follow each day’s theme as I follow the schedule. On day one, we explored “compassion for self and others.” Several of the workshops focused on trauma. How do we help ourselves? How can we help our students?

     (bryan farley)

    Each year, I listen to music while driving to the workshop. This year I listened to U2’s first album Boy.… Read the rest

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    Rosie the Riveter Rally-6209

    Two Looks at World War 2

    World War II ended seventy-one years ago today. Japan officially surrendered on the USS Missouri a couple weeks later, so some people might consider September 2, 1945 as the official VJ Day. This discrepancy is just one small example of the problems with writing history. Even when the victor writes history, the stories are not simple to tell. For this post, I visited two parts of World War II history that are often oversimplified.

     (bryan farley)

    My father was born in a small Texas town on October 7, 1940. Fourteen months later, Pearl Harbor was bombed. My grandfather was drafted; he served stateside near St. Louis. My father and grandmother lived in Oklahoma.

     (bryan farley)

    My grandmother never graduated high school, but she understood history. She saved news clippings. She explained which countries fought for the Allies and the Axis. She knew Europe and Asia, though she never traveled off the continent. She hated and feared the enemy… and if the enemy had ever met my grandmother, they would have feared her too.… Read the rest

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    2016 BAD Roller Derby-2116-2

    Bay Area Derby Pride Double Header

    I almost did not photograph last weekend’s Bay Area Derby Pride double header. I would have missed something special.

     (bryan farley)

    My derby photographs were not special, although I took a few decent action pictures somehow. There are two slideshows below the next two photographs.

     (bryan farley)

    In the second bout, Richmond Wrecking Belles defeated the San Francisco ShEvil Dead.

     

     (bryan farley)

    In the first bout, the Berkeley Resistance lost to the Oakland Outlaws.

    The Oakland Outlaws defeated the Berkeley Resistance 201-154 during the Bay Area Derby league bout on Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

    A former skater coached the winning Oakland team, and an injured skater coached the other winning team.

    The Oakland Outlaws defeated the Berkeley Resistance 201-154 during the Bay Area Derby league bout on Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

    Two contestants won the rainbow whip cream eating contest.

    The Oakland Outlaws defeated the Berkeley Resistance 201-154 during the Bay Area Derby league bout on Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

    The bearded man was one of the winners. I have pictures to prove it.

    The Oakland Outlaws defeated the Berkeley Resistance 201-154 during the Bay Area Derby league bout on Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

    After the first bout, the skaters gathered while a referee was honored. Then the rest of us were honored to be in the presence of something special.

    The Oakland Outlaws defeated the Berkeley Resistance 201-154 during the Bay Area Derby league bout on Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

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     … Read the rest

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    Melrose Leadership 2016 Spring Performance Expo

    2016 Spring Performance Expo – Melrose Leadership Academy

    I have been photographing performances at Melrose Leadership Academy longer than many people have been taking pictures. Earlier this month, I photographed my 14th “Performance Expo” at my son’s dual immersion Oakland public school. You can access the Spring 2016 photo gallery here.

     (bryan farley)

    I am an educator as well as a parent, so I probably view these performances differently than some people. I look at the educational and developmental value. As a photographer, I am continually looking for the visual opportunities. Every time I photograph the performance expos, I find opportunities and value.

     (bryan farley)

    Earlier this year, I shared some photos from previous expos. In the January 2016 post, I also wondered if educators could create a standardized test for collaboration. You have probably heard the phrase, “Teamwork makes the dream work.”  Unfortunately, I don’t think anyone is working on the standardized test yet, so I keep dreaming.

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    When I attended an art educators meeting last month, I claimed that art is an afterthought… it is an add on.… Read the rest

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    2016 Overnight Walk - San Francisco

    A Suicide Memorial Day

    Sometimes I participate in magical thinking, even when I participate in fundraisers. On Saturday May 21, 2016, I participated in the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk organized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Originally, I had also planned to participate in the Stroll for Epilepsy earlier on May 21st.

     (Bryan Farley)

    When the dates for both events were announced, I thought it was a divine message. three years before both events on May 21, 2013, I wrote “A Letter To Fathers Considering Suicide in the Digital Age.” The blog post explains how I experience my father’s suicide. The experience is a struggle… a struggle that has given me many gifts, including the strength to talk and write about epilepsy. When I wrote the May 2013 post, I didn’t realize it would become one of my favorite pieces, because it is extremely personal and vulnerable. Now I realize that it has become one of my favorites because it is personal and vulnerable.… 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

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    Into the Heart of Integrated Learning

    Twilight, lost my way
    Twilight, can’t find my way

    In the shadows, boy meets man (from U2’s Twilight)

     (bryan farley)

    Last week I photographed Inventing Our Future 2016 at Chabot Space and Science Museum in Oakland, California. The three day event was the Fifth Annual Integrated Learning Summer Institute sponsored by Alameda County Office of Education and other regional partners. The conference emphasizes how art can improve education across the curriculum. I have attended the last four summer workshops.

     (bryan farley)

    As the photographer, I visit all 33 workshops. I also meet the morning plenary speakers. I follow each day’s theme as I follow the schedule. On day one, we explored “compassion for self and others.” Several of the workshops focused on trauma. How do we help ourselves? How can we help our students?

     (bryan farley)

    Each year, I listen to music while driving to the workshop. This year I listened to U2’s first album Boy.… Read the rest

    Two Looks at World War 2

    World War II ended seventy-one years ago today. Japan officially surrendered on the USS Missouri a couple weeks later, so some people might consider September 2, 1945 as the official VJ Day. This discrepancy is just one small example of the problems with writing history. Even when the victor writes history, the stories are not simple to tell. For this post, I visited two parts of World War II history that are often oversimplified.

     (bryan farley)

    My father was born in a small Texas town on October 7, 1940. Fourteen months later, Pearl Harbor was bombed. My grandfather was drafted; he served stateside near St. Louis. My father and grandmother lived in Oklahoma.

     (bryan farley)

    My grandmother never graduated high school, but she understood history. She saved news clippings. She explained which countries fought for the Allies and the Axis. She knew Europe and Asia, though she never traveled off the continent. She hated and feared the enemy… and if the enemy had ever met my grandmother, they would have feared her too.… Read the rest

    Bay Area Derby Pride Double Header

    I almost did not photograph last weekend’s Bay Area Derby Pride double header. I would have missed something special.

     (bryan farley)

    My derby photographs were not special, although I took a few decent action pictures somehow. There are two slideshows below the next two photographs.

     (bryan farley)

    In the second bout, Richmond Wrecking Belles defeated the San Francisco ShEvil Dead.

     

     (bryan farley)

    In the first bout, the Berkeley Resistance lost to the Oakland Outlaws.

    The Oakland Outlaws defeated the Berkeley Resistance 201-154 during the Bay Area Derby league bout on Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

    A former skater coached the winning Oakland team, and an injured skater coached the other winning team.

    The Oakland Outlaws defeated the Berkeley Resistance 201-154 during the Bay Area Derby league bout on Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

    Two contestants won the rainbow whip cream eating contest.

    The Oakland Outlaws defeated the Berkeley Resistance 201-154 during the Bay Area Derby league bout on Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

    The bearded man was one of the winners. I have pictures to prove it.

    The Oakland Outlaws defeated the Berkeley Resistance 201-154 during the Bay Area Derby league bout on Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

    After the first bout, the skaters gathered while a referee was honored. Then the rest of us were honored to be in the presence of something special.

    The Oakland Outlaws defeated the Berkeley Resistance 201-154 during the Bay Area Derby league bout on Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

    bf

     

     … Read the rest


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