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Spring Forward Part 2 – Roller Derby Season Begins

I am an official photographers for the bayareaderbygirls . I have a camera, a press badge and a really cool derby name. (I am P Giddy.) One of my friends asked me how I lucked into this gig. I really do not know. I showed up one day after attending a bout. I think I will keep showing up until they tell me its time to leave.

 (bryan farley)

The B.ay A.rea D.erby Girl Season Opener! was last weekend. I posted derby photos on my blog and my personal Facebook page, but many of my best photos were not seen. I combined two events into one post and the slideshows were inside the blog post. I am posting the derby photos again today so that more people can see more derby photos.

2014 Season Opener Berkeley vs San Francisco

2014 Season Opener Oakland vs Richmond

The Berkeley Resistance Defeats the San Francisco ShEvil Dead 205 to 153 in 2014 Bay Area Derby Girls Season Opener on Saturday March 1, 2014 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

I posted the photo above of Ydot.Otter  on my Facebook page. I had not noticed that the picture was very good until one of Otter’s friends mentioned the composition. I appreciate the feedback from the derby community. I learn a great deal from many different people between the next bouts. Hopefully, some of the fans will have some suggestions for how I can better distribute my good images to the people who want to see them and use them. Please share your ideas.

The Berkeley Resistance Defeats the San Francisco ShEvil Dead 205 to 153 in 2014 Bay Area Derby Girls Season Opener on Saturday March 1, 2014 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

The derby community is strong. I photograph officials, fans, and friends. Sometimes I photograph skaters, but I photograph everyone, because everyone participates.

The Berkeley Resistance Defeats the San Francisco ShEvil Dead 205 to 153 in 2014 Bay Area Derby Girls Season Opener on Saturday March 1, 2014 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

Sometimes I photograph skaters… skating.

The Berkeley Resistance Defeats the San Francisco ShEvil Dead 205 to 153 in 2014 Bay Area Derby Girls Season Opener on Saturday March 1, 2014 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

I photograph the skaters celebrating and the fans participating. So much happens on derby, it is easy to fall back into old pattern and post photos on Facebook and forget to distribute the best images where people can see them. Even when I post low-resolution images on Facebook, people comment from different parts of the country and different continents.

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Please help me create a simple distribution plan for the players, fans and the greater derby family. Let’s make the plan as easy as… sitting in a chair.

We can include this site and my Bryan Farley Photography Facebook page, my P Giddy Twitter site (I have twelve followers) and my website at AflatTrackMind.com (this is a redirected page from www.bryanfarley.com.)

Or, I can keep posting on FB

NOTE: I edited this page on March 10, 2014. I was going to make an obscure social media reference about my twelve derby photographer twitter followers all being the same person. The joke was never going to be funny, so I did not include it, but I forgot to delete my notes.


Spring Forward Part 1 – Art of Gaman Continued

It is a few minutes past midnight on Sunday March 9, 2014. I have just returned home from Fresno County and I decided to post my photos from my last Fresno County visit. I wanted to post while it was still International Women’s Day, because this story reveals something unexpected about the struggle for liberty. The post is late, just as liberation often arrives later than desired.

 (bryan farley)

In January, I published the first installment of my long term project about Japanese Americans Internment Camp Survivors. When I returned to Reedley, California three weeks ago, Libby and her mother  Tisha joined us. Libby and Tisha are related to many of the people I photographed in January.

 (bryan farley) Libby is my friend Carol Egoian‘s granddaughter. Carol is my connection to the story. Carol introduced me to the Art of Gaman and she introduced me to many of her family members, including those who survived the relocation camps.

  (bryan farley)

When I started this story, I thought that I would find information about the camps. I thought that I would learn how a government could relocate its own people and take their possessions. I am reconsidering my central questions. While I am still concerned that a government could build relocation camps, I am more interested in the survival techniques of the people who were moved into the camps. How did they remain calm? How did they focus on the future? Did they prepare for a world where Libby would be free?

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I am also reformulating my questions about respect for authority. I had assumed that the Japanese-American culture respected their elders, because… well, because young people were taught to respect and obey their elders. After watching the elders interact with younger people, I have a different opinion. Young people respect their elders, because the elders care for the youngsters. Perhaps I have just found a caring extended family, but I suspect that there is a greater lesson. Young people respect those who care for them.

 (bryan farley)

To see more photos of Libby and her community, view the slideshow. Please leave a comment, especially if you have ideas about any of my questions. I am also curious about the origin of Libby’s name. Is it short for Liberation? If so, is her name a reminder of her family’s past? Is it also a sign of appreciation to those who survived? Lastly, I noticed that my previous post also featured someone named Libby. This makes the third Libby in one year to appear in my blog.

 


Keep Calm and March On – Season Openers

On Saturday March 1, I attended two season openers. One was a campaign and the other was a sporting event. There is probably a cheap joke here, but neither event felt cheap.

 (bryan farley)

In the morning, I attended Libby Schaaf’s “Libby for Mayor Oakland Campaign Kickoff.” (I took a few hundred pictures; here is the edited photo gallery.) In the evening, I photographed the Bay Area Derby Girls Season Opener. The events felt similar. There was music. There were people from different ages and backgrounds. Young people held signs. Older people cheered. Everyone seemed committed. Positive.

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As someone who pretends to be a journalist, I do not officially endorse anyone, but I support many people and causes. I support Libby. Before she was elected to City Council, she supported my kids and neighbors. I support people who help my kids and neighbors.

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People at derby support me and my kids. My daughter attended derby last night. Some of my old friends and new friends attended too. It loved seeing them. All of them. I hugged the other photographers. I taped my feet while the taping expert took my picture with my camera. Our DJ played amazing music. He played a Social Distortion cover of my favorite Clash song and so many other great songs that I am still dancing on the inside. (I wish he were a Pandora station.) My daughter and her friend collected money for Rocket Dog Rescue. I bought from vendors. At derby, we support each other and I am grateful that I have a platform where I can share my gratitude.

The Berkeley Resistance Defeats the San Francisco ShEvil Dead 205 to 153 in 2014 Bay Area Derby Girls Season Opener on Saturday March 1, 2014 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

At both events, I gave my camera to younger people to take a few pictures. If a few photos are misidentified as belonging to me, I will try to change the copyright information. I also edited this post after I published it. There were a couple mistakes and I wanted to improve the first couple sentences. I fixed the errors. I may not have improved the introduction. You may also see some photos belonging to “P Giddy.” I have a derby photography persona. I chose it, because I stopped smiling and derby makes me smile (at least on the inside.) I am trying to be a little more outwardly giddy.

The Berkeley Resistance Defeats the San Francisco ShEvil Dead 205 to 153 in 2014 Bay Area Derby Girls Season Opener on Saturday March 1, 2014 in Richmond, California. (bryan farley)

I will also update the galleries as photographs upload. There are two galleries for the derby season opener. You can find the Berkeley Resistance vs. San Francisco bout photos by clicking the link. You can view the photos from the second bout between Oakland Outlaws and Richmond Wrecking Belles by clicking the second bout photos link. Here is the link again for the Libby Campaign Kickoff. You might also want to view last year’s blog post when Oakland’s current mayor, Jean Quan, attended derby.

bryan farley / P Giddy