• 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 people. I could not accept that, and internally wanted to revolt about their regime by not setting my foot there. The opportunity of going to Beijing came to me through… [Continue Reading]

    Beijing
  • 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 Seidlitz from Brooks Insight on Vimeo. As part of the Cinematography II class, students were required to shoot a commercial using only an iPhone or Android device. The class was broken up into… [Continue Reading]

    Commercials Shot on the iPhone
  • 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
  • Design Concepts

    The best graphic design is rooted in meaning and impact. These samples from recent Brooks Graphic Design students reflect that. The images are technically strong, of course, but the meaning – the concept – behind the images shines brightest, though sometimes not at first glance.

    Design Concepts
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cycles

    Cycles from Alicia Afshar on Vimeo. “People can make you feel like a slave,” says Maria Perez on Ventura Avenue in Ventura, California, as she watches rain go down the gutter. “He was telling me, ‘Oh its good that you tell her to go away, because she doesn’t want to see how I’m gonna kill… [Continue Reading]

    Cycles
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 has been climbing in the Sierra Nevada mountains since before I was born, even before he met my mother. I was too young to remember the first time my father… [Continue Reading]

    Live to Climb Another Day
  • Ferguson Verdict Protests Reach Los Angeles

      Following the Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the killing of an unarmed black teen, Michael Brown, mass protests broke out across the nation on Monday, November 24, 2014. Demonstrations drew large crowds for three nights in downtown Los Angeles before mass arrests successfully diffused the unrest. All three… [Continue Reading]

    Ferguson Verdict Protests Reach Los Angeles
  • The Drought From Above

      It’s no secret that California has been in a major drought. In fact, according to the Association of California Water Agencies, the 2014 water year (Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2014) was one of the driest in decades and followed two consecutive dry years throughout the state. Taken together, the 2012, 2013 and… [Continue Reading]

    The Drought From Above
  • Kamilo’s Flights

    Not many people have the opportunity to look at the city they live in from above, certainly not at the exact time of day they want and with the capability to pop open a window and take a great  picture. Kamilo Bustamante, however, has had the opportunity to go out on regular flights with his… [Continue Reading]

    Kamilo’s Flights

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...]

Design Concepts

The best graphic design is rooted in meaning and impact. These samples from recent Brooks Graphic Design students reflect that. The images are … [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...]