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

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

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    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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    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.

     (bryan farley)

    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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    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.

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    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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    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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    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

    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.

     (bryan farley)

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

    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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