I guess it all began when I was 8 years old. Born and raised near the ocean in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, I was the tag-along kid brother to my much elder siblings Clark, Mark and Darren, or ‘Dark’ as we so affectionately called him due to his obvious gift for bronzing. Having been recently introduced to the sport of spear fishing by Curtis, their adrenaline junkie buddy, they’d often come home with a handful of wild fish tales and a bounty of fish to feed the family. I begged and begged Mark and Dark to take me with them. After what (in my mind) seemed like months of nagging, they finally agreed. But on 1 condition: I pass a swim endurance test of their making AND I watch ‘Jaws’ in its entirety without flinching.
That was all I needed to hear. I didn’t care what it took. I was going spear fishing. Finally!
After swimming 10 laps without touching the wall & 45 minutes of treading water in the deep end of the Rolling Hills High School pool with a brick over my head – I passed the test. Watching 'Jaws' was the easy part. I’ve never been overtly terrified of sharks. Rather, I dreamed of the day when I would capture my first image of one of these magnificent creatures. (This childhood dream was realized in Gardner Bay off the coast of Española Island and North Seymour, Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos where I snapped my first images of white-tip reef sharks.)
Fast forward 25 years and I still love diving into the Pacific every chance I get. The only difference, I have some grey hair now and the ocean is even more polluted than it has ever been. It is this global pollution epidemic that has prompted me to refocus my career and artistic pursuits in hopes of protecting and preserving that which has given me so much happiness; the ocean.
Brent has most recently returned from the third installment of "Endless Blue", an ongoing visual narrative delving into humanity's connection with our blue planet. A 2 week journey to the birthplace of modern evolutionary theory ~ The Galapagos Islands yielded incredible captures and even greater inspiration. Just one month previous to the trip he survived Hurricane Odile after a diving and film excursion to the Marine Protected Area of Cabo Pulmo. The first installment of "Endless Blue" in January, 2013 took him on an epic 8-week solo trek along the eastern Pacific coastline of South America. Toting a hiking pack, camera, and spear gun, he documented the current state of ocean pollution, fishing practices, inland watersheds, and health of local marine wildlife from Lima to Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu to the edge of Patagonia, Chile, concluding his journey in Easter Island.
Highlighting the elicit connection between humanity and the South Pacific, his upcoming solo gallery exhibit "Endless Blue" will benefit Los Angeles Waterkeeper.