Posts Tagged ‘JEA/NSPA National Convention’

Marketing for Superman and the Devil

One of my students wore a shirt today with the words, “It started with a smile.” The shirt reminded me of one of my previous blog posts as well as a song lyric to (Everybody Talks) “It Started with a Whisper.”

I talk. I talk to myself. I talk to my pictures. They talk back. We have conversations. If this sounds a little crazy, it is only because I am downplaying my confusion. I am like an amp turned to …  eleven? But these START at 11

 It is 11/12/13 and counting

San Antonio's Girl in a Coma played The New Parish in Oakland, California on Monday June 10, 2013. Jenn Alva (bass), Phanie Diaz (drummer), and Nina Diaz (lead vocalist and guitarist) are signed to Joan Jett's Blackheart Records. (bryan farley)

Are these blue suede shoes from the San Antonio band Girl in a Coma? Would you believe me if I told you that I wondered whether I was actually in a coma at the last JEA Convention during photo critiques?

If truth is stranger than fiction, perhaps fiction can teach me something… if only I could tell the difference between the two.… Read the rest

Getting Closer to the JEA Digital Photography Workshop

“If your photographs are not good enough, you are not close enough.” – Robert Capa (1913-1954)


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I am this guy, Bryan Farley. If you are looking for the Thursday workshop, please find us in Yerba Buena 3, Lower B2 Level

Getting closer is a useful skill, and as we “get closer” to the 2013 Spring National High School Journalism Convention, I have been contemplating Capa’s quote and the meaning of “getting closer.” On the first day of the convention, I will teach an all-day photography workshop where we will practice getting closer literallytechnically and metaphorically.

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The 7th Annual National Walk for Epilepsy begins on Sunday April 20, 2013 at the National Mall near the Washington Monument.

Sometimes getting closer is simple and we wait for the subject (or convention) to get closer.  Other times we must adjust. We can change equipment or change our personal perspective. We can research a subject and become closer to the people we photograph.… Read the rest

Chelsea Lauren Photography Presentation

In one month from today, I will do something pretty cool. At the JEA / NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention in San Francisco, I introduce Chelsea Lauren to the journalism education community.  I have been looking forward to this day since I met Chelsea at the 2011 Vans Warped Tour. The presentation will be one of the highlights of this convention. The students and educators will love Chelsea.


Chelsea photographs concerts, celebrities and fashion events. While her content interests me, Chelsea impresses me for others reasons. Chelsea is professional, considerate and authentic.  This unusual combination was apparent when I met her at Shoreline Amphitheatre in 2011. Chelsea talked to everyone, including me and the high school student, Cathy Rong, who photographed the music festival too. Chelsea also talked to security and the other photographers. Chelsea was genuinely interested in everyone.

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Chelsea also talked to the musicians, and she talked to everyone as if they were people.… Read the rest