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Bryan Farley Photography Educator
Bryan Farley Photography Educator
Bryan Farley Photography Educator
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    Melrose Leadership Performance Expo

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    The Melrose Leadership Academy after school program students presented the 2016 Winter Performance Expo on January 20, 2016. I believe that I have photographed each performance expo since my daughter started MLA in 2009. If I am correct, this is my 13th.

    A baker’s dozen

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    The 2016 photo gallery can be accessed here. I have also included the Spring 2015 Performance Expo gallery.

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    I enjoy watching our younger students prepare for their first assemblies. I enjoy watching them grow into confident performers.

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    I also cherish seeing older students. Some of these older students I have been photographing since they were in pre-school. I wish our school system would create standardized tests that measured collaboration and presentation abilities. Our students would exceed expectations.

     (bryan farley)

    Technology has changed since I first started photographing MLA students… and the marketing of photography products reminds us that “everything has changed about photography.”

    But it hasn’t. Kids are still kids.

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    And adults teach children how to find their place on the stage.… Read the rest

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    A Reunion with a Mother and Child

    This is my last post for 2015. I have included some words and images from my December 2015 photo shoot with Christine and her daughter.  I took all the good photos and gathered them into an entire photo gallery from our time in Point Richmond, California. (I know they never match my sweet imagination, but the images are still pretty good.) I also considered beginning this post with another Oscar Wilde quote, as I did for last year’s post, but “Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.”

     (bryan farley)I have added notes on a blog about my last four blog posts. I include the notes, because sometimes “I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word I am saying.” (or I wildly steal quotes and I want to credit the author) You can read those notes at my More Than Kids site after you  read last year’s blog post about photographing Christine on Christmas Day in Clayton, California.… Read the rest

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    Classy Senior

    Last week I photographed my friend’s daughter Haylie. Haylie is a high school senior. I was a high school senior when her mother Kimberley started 9th grade. We had met several years earlier when we were just kids, but we did not become friends until high school. Even then, I could have been a better friend.

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    I have always considered myself a good friend, but I had a selective short term memory. After I graduated, I stayed in touch with Kimberley for a few years, but then I became busy with … I don’t know. Kimberley started a family and I went in another direction. All the time I thought that I was being a good friend.

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    Eventually I married and had my first child. Shortly after my daughter was born, I received a phone call that changed my life. Then, as Tim McGraw sings, “I became a friend a friend would like to have,” but not before suffering.… Read the rest

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    Giving Tuesday – Women Who Code

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    Two weeks ago I photographed the Women Who Code Executive Council celebration. Women Who Code is a global non-profit that increases women’s participation in technology fields. As of last month, WWCode has connected more than 50,000 women.

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    For Giving Tuesday, Google featured Women Who Code on Google’s “One Today” page. This is another indication that WWCode has led more than 2,000 successful events in 20 countries.

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    Even if I do not understand computer languages, I related to the community bonding. I just did not realize that it would be so three dimensional. One of the WWCode organizers, Kaitlyn Hova played her “Hovalin,” a 3-D violin that she and her husband designed and printed. The instrument looked and sounded like a violin.

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    Hova is an incredible performer. She hears music in code too, so it was probably natural that she would design a 3-D printed instrument.

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    There were other multi-dimensional conversations… several people discussed 3-D printing. The participants supported each other.… Read the rest

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    Defining Epilepsy and Creativity

    This post is part of the Epilepsy Blog Relay™ which will run from November 1 through November 30. Follow along and add comments to posts that inspire you. (View my photos from the recent EFNC Gala if you wish too.)

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    Last weekend when I was photographing the 2015 Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California Gala at the Fairmont San Francisco, I considered this week’s topic about Epilepsy and Creativity. Those of us with epilepsy are often asked about epilepsy and creativity. Does epilepsy make us more creative? Less creative? Is art therapeutic?

    As with most things epilepsy, I think it depends on the definition… and who is doing the defining.

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    I am 1 of 26 Americans living with epilepsy. As an artist with epilepsy, I think about creativity often. As a person with epilepsy, I may also think about creativity differently than many artists.

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    Having epilepsy has forced me to be creative. I must be different; I must see differently.… Read the rest

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    Practicing Diversity in Abandoned Buildings

    On Saturday November 7, 2015, I photographed Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s 50th Birthday Gala at the Old West Oakland Train Station. Mayor Schaaf celebrated her birthday by having a fundraiser for the East Bay College Fund. The 50th Oakland mayor raised money for 50 scholarships.

    See my slideshow of the 113 year old building and the birthday gala.

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    Before I left my house, I read a Knute Rockne quote in Justine Gubar’s book Fanaticus.

    One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.

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     Knute Rockne, who was born in 1888, was a young man when the 16th Street Station opened in 1914. For Schaaf’s birthday, I thought that I might repackage Rockne’s quote and apply it to diversity.

    One person practicing diversity is far better than one hundred people teaching it.

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     Even though the event was about diversity and education, it was more about “practicing diversity” than teaching it. I did not hear anyone mention the shallow quote about closing the achievement gap.… Read the rest

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    Melrose Leadership Performance Expo

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    The Melrose Leadership Academy after school program students presented the 2016 Winter Performance Expo on January 20, 2016. I believe that I have photographed each performance expo since my daughter started MLA in 2009. If I am correct, this is my 13th.

    A baker’s dozen

     (bryan farley)

    The 2016 photo gallery can be accessed here. I have also included the Spring 2015 Performance Expo gallery.

     (bryan farley)

    I enjoy watching our younger students prepare for their first assemblies. I enjoy watching them grow into confident performers.

     (bryan farley)

    I also cherish seeing older students. Some of these older students I have been photographing since they were in pre-school. I wish our school system would create standardized tests that measured collaboration and presentation abilities. Our students would exceed expectations.

     (bryan farley)

    Technology has changed since I first started photographing MLA students… and the marketing of photography products reminds us that “everything has changed about photography.”

    But it hasn’t. Kids are still kids.

     (bryan farley)

    And adults teach children how to find their place on the stage.… Read the rest

    A Reunion with a Mother and Child

    This is my last post for 2015. I have included some words and images from my December 2015 photo shoot with Christine and her daughter.  I took all the good photos and gathered them into an entire photo gallery from our time in Point Richmond, California. (I know they never match my sweet imagination, but the images are still pretty good.) I also considered beginning this post with another Oscar Wilde quote, as I did for last year’s post, but “Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.”

     (bryan farley)I have added notes on a blog about my last four blog posts. I include the notes, because sometimes “I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word I am saying.” (or I wildly steal quotes and I want to credit the author) You can read those notes at my More Than Kids site after you  read last year’s blog post about photographing Christine on Christmas Day in Clayton, California.… Read the rest

    Classy Senior

    Last week I photographed my friend’s daughter Haylie. Haylie is a high school senior. I was a high school senior when her mother Kimberley started 9th grade. We had met several years earlier when we were just kids, but we did not become friends until high school. Even then, I could have been a better friend.

     (bryan farley)

    I have always considered myself a good friend, but I had a selective short term memory. After I graduated, I stayed in touch with Kimberley for a few years, but then I became busy with … I don’t know. Kimberley started a family and I went in another direction. All the time I thought that I was being a good friend.

     (bryan farley)

    Eventually I married and had my first child. Shortly after my daughter was born, I received a phone call that changed my life. Then, as Tim McGraw sings, “I became a friend a friend would like to have,” but not before suffering.… Read the rest


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