Posts Tagged ‘Washington DC’

2015 National Epilepsy Walk

I traveled to Washington, D.C. again for another epilepsy event. The Ninth Annual Walk for Epilepsy was held near the Washington Monument on Saturday morning April 11, 2015.

The 9th National Walk for Epilepsy was held on Saturday, April 11 2015 in Washington, D.C. (bryan farley)

After I received my t-shirt at the walk headquarters downtown, I walked another block to a bookstore where Tavis Miley was speaking about his new book, “My Journey With Maya.” He explained how Maya Angelou had helped him find his way when he was lost. At one point when he was especially lost, he asked her how to find his way. He remembers her response: “We find our path by walking it.”

 (bryan farley)

There are many reasons that I walk. I walk because others can’t. Some people from my community have died suddenly. Some have died slowly. I walk because some are unable to do so. I walk because some day I will not be able to do so.

The 9th National Walk for Epilepsy was held on Saturday, April 11 2015 in Washington, D.C. (bryan farley)

I walk because others have gone before me so that my path is easier.… Read the rest

National Walk for Epilepsy

Dorothy Gale! This morning when I woke up in my own bed, I finally had an explanation to my recent eight day odyssey. I had survived three (?) Emerald Cities in eight days. I photographed two epilepsy awareness walks (Here are photos from yesterday’s National Walk for Epilepsy). My adventure included lions and super shuttles and service dogs.  On Friday night, there was a tornado warning in Washington, D.C. Two nights earlier, the storm nearly trapped me in Chicago.

My blind faith was tested often the last eight days. When I photographed the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County fundraiser, I felt disoriented. I was in the valley of the blind… and I was not the person who had one eye. I needed a service dog just as much as anyone else.

 (bryan farley)

On Wednesday, I left Oakland for Washington. Because of the Midwest storm, I barely made my connecting flight.… Read the rest

2012 National Walk for Epilepsy

When I attended my first National Walk for Epilepsy in 2010, I was overwhelmed. After photographing The Concert for Epilepsy the previous night, I was tired. I was also nervous and had trouble seeing… not a good combination for a photographer.

Last year, when my family attended with me. It snowed the morning of the walk. My fingers could barely operate the camera, and my family did not prepare for cold weather.

This year, the 6th Annual National Walk for Epilepsy, I almost got it right.


 (bryan farley)

If you are a novice photographer, forgive yourself if you do not take many great photos.  With thousands of people at the walk, almost every picture is a moving giant group photo (with a mixed race family). I love diversity, but it is difficult to photograph, especially when everyone wears a different colored shirt. And in case you are wondering… no, we do not consult a color wheel.… Read the rest