• Through Sickness and In Health

    In 2013 my father, Todd Verrill, had a severe stroke. He was airlifted at first to one hospital, and by the time they got him to the next hospital he was in a coma. He was in the coma for one month, on and off. He spent at least three months in the hospital, including a rehabilitation… [Continue Reading]

    Through Sickness and In Health
  • Illustrated Portraits

      The human face can be the most challenging and difficult thing to draw. On paper or on a computer, the contours and shades can be a challenge for even the most seasoned professionals. To capture the essence of a person, to capture their personality in an illustration can be the most frustrating, and most rewarding, assignment,… [Continue Reading]

    Illustrated Portraits
  • To Bee Or Not To Bee?

    While bees are tiny and often overlooked creatures, they are to thank for pollinating 50-80% of the food that we consume.  In the past few years, an estimated 42% of bees have disappeared and deceased due to Colony Collapse Disorder.  There is speculation about what causes this drastic epidemic within the bee population, but a very… [Continue Reading]

    To Bee Or Not To Bee?
  • La Catrina

    La Catrina from José Márquez on Vimeo. A view into the life of Paty Diaz and her family business “La Catrina” Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and has spread to many other countries. It’s a day where people celebrate the lives of those who have… [Continue Reading]

    La Catrina
  • A Step Into the Old West

    In the recent months, three Visual Journalism students from Brooks Institute have been building relationships with two communities of reenactors in search of stories and pictures.  Students Zachary Kelly, Cody Phan and Marie Hobro found a goldmine of material to photograph, film and document at a reenactment camp. Reenactors are history-buffs who take on a… [Continue Reading]

    A Step Into the Old West
  • The Journey

    The Journey from Elissa Simons on Vimeo. “The Journey” is a short artist profile on Michael Tine, a painter, sculptor, philosopher, and inspiration. Tine says he draws inspiration for his sculptures from art history, philosophy, ancient civilizations and classical sculpture techniques.  His paintings, on the other hand, are purely personal projects and have only been… [Continue Reading]

    The Journey
  • Brooks Institute Getting Friendly With Fire

    Brooks Institute Visual Journalism faculty Greg Cooper has been communicating with the Ventura County Fire Department with hopes of setting up opportunities for students to get real-life experiences in the field of community photojournalism. In and around the county visual journalism students are asked to look for journalistically interesting material to photograph for class and… [Continue Reading]

    Brooks Institute Getting Friendly With Fire
  • Rataplan

    With a photographic memory, a genius IQ, and the drinking habits of Charles Bukowski, 20-year-old Blake Zimring finds his voice through a new form of art. From oil paintings of demonic faces on canvas, to sharpie murals on backyard walls, he finds a way to create something expressive out of everything he touches. This piece is called,… [Continue Reading]

    Rataplan
  • How I Found Myself as a Set Photographer

      Since I started college in September, 2011, I’ve been on over forty different sets for movies, web series and music videos, shooting behind the scenes as a set photographer. Sometimes people are sent to maybe six sets a year. Imagine being on set 10 times in one summer. It just depends on how busy… [Continue Reading]

    How I Found Myself as a Set Photographer
  • Vicky and Salaam

    Vicky Beelik rises early each morning to drive out to the Billiwhack Ranch in Santa Paula, California, where she boards her white Egyptian Arabian, Salaam. Vicky was diagnosed with epilepsy last year and was hospitalized for 10 days. Her doctors told her that she should never ride again because it was too dangerous for her… [Continue Reading]

    Vicky and Salaam
  • Bits and Pieces

    Bits and Pieces from José Márquez on Vimeo. A view into Michael’s life and how he finds supports as he comes out. Michael Moffatt, 18 recently went through the coming out process with his family and has been in a constant struggle because of his sexual orientation. Michael is a senior at Buena High School in… [Continue Reading]

    Bits and Pieces
  • The Building of St. Barbara Monastery

      St. Barbara Monastery is an Orthodox Christian Monastery founded in 1992. It has been located in Santa Paula, Calif., since 2005 and is currently in the process of building a church. The building of anything is a process, whether it be a church or the beginning of your religion. You must start from the… [Continue Reading]

    The Building of St. Barbara Monastery
  • Experiencing Ventura’s Parks and Recreation

      Ventura County is rated as one of the best places in the world to live and its diverse range of public parks, beaches and national forests make the county a great place to enjoy all kinds of recreational activities in nature. The County sports some of the best beaches in Southern California and is… [Continue Reading]

    Experiencing Ventura’s Parks and Recreation
  • Healing Waters

    Pat Nataro III, a Brooks Institute Alumnus, is the founder of “A Walk on Water” (AWOW), an organization he created in 2000 to provide a safe environment in the ocean where children who have special needs can feel a sense of accomplishment and joy. He says of the group, “A Walk On Water is an organization… [Continue Reading]

    Healing Waters

Pictures of the Week

Pictures of the Week

It’s Week 15 here at Brooks Institute which means no sleep, lots of stress, and beautiful imagery. This week’s submissions show off some work done in the final weeks of classes. Thank you to everyone who contributed to Brooks InSight this semester! Enjoy your break!

Community

The Building of St. Barbara Monastery

  St. Barbara Monastery is an Orthodox Christian Monastery founded in 1992. It has been located in Santa Paula, Calif., since 2005 and is … [Read More...]

Deployment Homecoming Surprise

The sun was beginning to set and the sky was turning warm shades of red and orange as he walked his dog around the parking lot one last time. No words … [Read More...]

Lifestyle

Will You Marry Me?

This semester at Brooks Institute I took the wedding photography class taught by Tim Meyer. Wedding photography is one of the most common ways for … [Read More...]

Film

Through Sickness and In Health

In 2013 my father, Todd Verrill, had a severe stroke. He was airlifted at first to one hospital, and by the time they got him to the next hospital he … [Read More...]

Commercials Shot on the iPhone

Citizen Watch Commercial by Joaquim Pujol and Dan Cimini from Brooks Insight on Vimeo. Jeep Wrangler Commercial by Matthew Stirling and Martín … [Read More...]

Travel

Beijing

Before giving a chance to China, I saw it through different eyes - one of prejudice almost, and incredibility towards how the government treated their … [Read More...]

Live to Climb Another Day

My father, Ed, and I have always had a good relationship, partially because we share many passions. One of those passions: the mountains. My father … [Read More...]

Design

Motion Graphics Portfolio

Motion Graphics Portfolio from Brooks Insight on Vimeo. Animation, and the sophisticated software that creates it, is now as much a part of the … [Read More...]

Brooks Graphic Design

  Each student receives feedback on their work from professionals currently working in the field which gives them a leg up on students … [Read More...]

Outdoor

Healing Waters

Pat Nataro III, a Brooks Institute Alumnus, is the founder of "A Walk on Water" (AWOW), an organization he created in 2000 to provide a safe … [Read More...]

Tempest

Tempest. from Dominic Crowley on Vimeo.   I never thought that Willie would be the one to do it, but he did. For years, I had discussed the … [Read More...]

The Arts

Kings

"Kings" is a short film directed by former Brooks student Tyler Michael James, and written by UCLA student Hunter Milano. The story explores youth … [Read More...]

How I Found Myself as a Set Photographer

  Since I started college in September, 2011, I’ve been on over forty different sets for movies, web series and music videos, shooting behind … [Read More...]

Sports

The Light Out There

The Light Out There from José Márquez on Vimeo.   For the past eight years sports have helped Oralia Perez learn how to … [Read More...]

Seniors Have Their Moments

During the summer of 2015, students from Brooks Institute took an intensive Sports Photography class and most traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to … [Read More...]