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Silver Seas

Ernie Brooks narrates this excerpt from Silver Seas, a retrospective of his 40-year career in underwater photography. His iconic images, captured in black and white, range from exquisite shots of streaming kelp to tender images of his beloved Spot, a harbor seal that befriended him and visited him when he dived near her rookery in the Channel Islands.  He tells us that he chose the sea for its beauty and his chosen medium, black and white photography, because that was what he knew best.

Ambassador to the Marine Environment Photographer, Adventurer, Diver and Educator Ernest H. Brooks II was born to be a photographer. As the son of Ernest H. Brooks, founder of the internationally renowned Brooks Institute of Photography, he was destined to follow in his father's footsteps for part of his life's journey before forging his own path. He graduated from Brooks Institute, served on the school's executive staff and in 1971 assumed the office of the president, a position he held until 2000 when the institute was sold.

Ernie has won international acclaim for underwater photography and audio/visual presentation. As a working professional, he has contributed to numerous magazines and organizations including: Cousteau Society, California Highways, Ocean Realm, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Nature Conservancy and Natural Wildlife, to name only a few. He is a recipient of numerous honors and awards including: 1973 'Triton Award' Inner Space Pacifica, Hawaii; 1975 'NOGI' The Underwater Society of America; 1977 'National Award' Professional Photographers of America; 1971 through 1980 Hall of Fame elector Photographic Arts and Science Foundation; 1978 Camera Craftsmen of America; served on the National Advisory Council of the National Society of Arts and Letters; 'Hall of Fame' Underwater Photographic Society; was honored by the Oceanic Community of SSI and Nikon for 5000 hours honor, 'The 1996 Partner's Award,' was received from the American Oceans Campaign for his lifelong commitment and dedication to our oceans. 

His book, Silver Seas, is available at erniebrooksea.com




 Major funding for Sensational Sea Two DVD was provided by the Carrow Foundation.