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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

15 Strangers

I went out one day to the Ventura pier to take portraits of the people who make up this town. There was so much diversity that presented itself. There were fisherman catching sharks, a local musician playing his ukulele, tourists visiting from Florida, friends meeting up after a long time apart, a pastor spending time […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

La Boda

  La Boda (‘The Wedding’) of Maritza Gonzalez and Juan Gonzalez took place in Salinas, California, on Saturday, September 19, 2015. The sacred ceremony took place in the Santa Maria Church. Yesenia Morones delivered the kneeling pillows to the bride and groom as Erick Mendoza, the ring bearer, brought the rings to the altar. The […]

Escape to Slab City

Escape to Slab City is a 20-minute documentary about Moria Sue Clark, a 38-year-old woman living in Slab City, California. It follows her over a two-month period including her birthday and daily life. Clark discusses the impact of having her children taken from her by Child Protective Services and how her faith in God saved […]

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 […]