• Not So Secret Locations

      To many people, Ventura County is a place to enjoy the beach, work, and raise a family. To the students at Brooks Institute, Ventura County is one big photo shoot. There are many obvious places to photograph around the city of Ventura such as the Ventura Pier, downtown Ventura, and Grant Park, but there are… [Continue Reading]

    Not So Secret Locations
  • 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
  • 365 Strangers

    What started out as a high school project during Marie Eriel Hobro’s sophomore year of high school  in Hawaii evolved into something much bigger. In 2011 she was given an assignment that forced her to photograph random strangers on the street. After her photo teacher, Keith Sasada, introduced Hobro to street photography and portraits, she… [Continue Reading]

    365 Strangers
  • 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 idea of going off the grid with my best friend growing up. And we did, sort of. Throughout high school we would take off as soon as… [Continue Reading]

    Tempest
  • 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 document the National Senior Games. This group of students was hired by the National Senior Games Association to provide photographs of athletes during peak action moments as well as features in between the… [Continue Reading]

    Seniors Have Their Moments
  • Million-Dollar Experience

    “I had this thought of, ‘I would’ve paid a million dollars for this experience,’” Jessica Hoover said about experiencing an out-of-hospital birth. In October she became part of the 1.36% of mothers in the United States who decided to have their baby out-of-hospital with a midwife. An out-of-hospital birth can take place at a birth… [Continue Reading]

    Million-Dollar Experience
  • Silly Rabbit, Dominatrix Aren’t for Kids

    With today’s acceptance of different lifestyles, there seems to be a more openness to the world of BDSM. BDSM is bondage domination, sadism and masochism. This is an erotic practice between consenting adults involving the different aspects of BDSM. Upon hearing about this, some of us more “vanilla” folk think of Fifty Shades of Grey. To the BDSM… [Continue Reading]

    Silly Rabbit, Dominatrix Aren’t for Kids
  • Living With It

      Garrett Nichols of Anaheim, Calif., was an Infantryman in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. He returned from combat with pins and medals for his accomplishments, but also with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). When he left for the war zone Garrett, 24, had a thought in the back of his mind that he might not come… [Continue Reading]

    Living With It
  • Take Photographs, Survive, Eat, Sleep

    Twice a semester, Ralph Clevenger of Brooks Institute takes his Natural History Photography class on a camping trip.  Clevenger states that the two purposes of these trips are to “One: Give students the experience of a real assignment, where they go to a location and have nothing else to do but create images for their client,… [Continue Reading]

    Take Photographs, Survive, Eat, Sleep
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 were spoken when the walk was done, and the sight of every moment of their final time together was embedded in the minds of everyone… [Continue Reading]

    Deployment Homecoming Surprise
  • I Went Into Town for Peaches and Came Back With a Puppy

    Per usual, I had pulled the short straw among my dirt-bag friends while on a rock climbing trip in the Sierras during the spring of 2013 and was elected to make the 60-mile round trip into Bishop, Calif., to replenish our group’s exhausted water supply. Although inconvenient, I realized that I could also retrieve a… [Continue Reading]

    I Went Into Town for Peaches and Came Back With a Puppy

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

Animation Showreel

In the Computer Animation 1 class in the Graphic Design Department at Brooks, students are introduced to high-end 3D software and the basic principles … [Read More...]

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...]

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...]