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William Farley recalls the nights he couldn't sleep and decided to get some photography done on his walk. William Farley used the time he couldn't sleep to take pictures of the fog around San Francisco, Calif.

A dark obsession like that needs a light diversion, so leaving his home in the Bayview district, Farley searched out a quiet park for walking. Over time, the diversion became a bigger obsession than the nocturnal obsession he needed diverting from...

Photo: Brant Ward, The Chronicle

In 1983, William Farley attended the Florence Film Festival with his 16mm feature, Citizen: I’m Not Losing My Mind, I’m Giving It Away. He noticed another San Franciscan on the gigantic festival poster, Jerry Barrish, who for one reason or another hadn’t made the journey with his indie drama, Dan’s Motel. So Farley nabbed an extra poster, and called Barrish when he got back to town to arrange a handoff.

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