Our Channel Islands: Photography by Ernest H. Brooks II
We are honored to have Ernie Brooks presenting 20 of his beautiful photos, including 4 from Antarctica, and the equipment he used. His photography captures light and motion, while separating foreground and background with highlights and shadows. The reflective qualities of water are forever changing in his adaptive world of underwater photography. Exhibit runs through May, 2017
Ambassador to the marine environment, 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, Brooks was destined to follow in his father’s footsteps for part of his life’s journey.
As a noted professional photographer and educator, he has received international acclaim for photography, audio/visual presentation and is considered the Ansel Adams of underwater photography. A contributor to numerous magazines and organizations, and a recipient of many honors and awards, Brooks work has been exhibited in numerous museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Smithsonian Institute.
Brooks has been a trailblazer in the development of underwater photographic equipment and technique, and has witnessed great industry advances. He favors black and white photography which allows him to control the development and printing. In pursuit of dramatic marine images, he has descended into the fascinating waters beneath the polar icecaps as well as into the depths of our local Channel Islands and almost every ocean on Earth.
Sponsored by: Mimi Michaelis
Supported by: Don Barthelmess and Carol Kallman
The Geology of Oil in the Santa Barbara Channel & The Chumash Use of Asphaltum
The Geology of Oil in the Channel exhibit shows how oil is formed, discuss the natural oil and gas seeps in the Santa Barbara Channel — the second largest such seeps in the world. The oil rich Monterey Formation which holds most of California’s known oil resources and is of major importance for understanding the complex geological history of California will be illustrated through a topographical map of the Santa Barbara Channel and the north and south geologic cross-section of the western transverse ranges of California. Geological forces that created the many layers of rock under our local waters and land will be displayed with photographs of natural seeps, along with actual samples liquid and rock formations of asphaltum.
The Chumash Use of Asphaltum exhibit addresses the indigenous people of this area, the Chumash, who have been making use of this local maritime resource for thousands of years.
Point Conception Lighthouse Fresnel Lens
The Point Conception first order Fresnel lens has stood watch for nearly 160 years, guiding ships safely around the “Cape Horn of the Pacific.” The Point Conception lens was designed and built in Paris, France in 1854, using a refracted prism system designed by French physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel. The lens was first lit on February 1, 1856. Because of persistent heavy fog at higher elevation, a second lighthouse was built on the lower bluff, and the lens was moved in June, 1882. While the lens saw many vessels meet their ultimate fate in this “graveyard” of the Central Coast, the light also saved and provided safe passage to thousands of vessels over the years.
Wives and Daughters: Keepers of the Light
Over 300 women are known to have served as head lighthouse keepers in the U.S between 1850 and 1920. Learn about their firsthand accounts of life as a keeper, stories that are rare and often unknown.
Tragedy at Honda: Honoring the George Writer Family
Within ten minutes, nine battle-ready destroyers lay impaled and stranded along the treacherous reefs of the “Devil’s Jaw” near Honda Creek. The Honda Point Disaster was the largest peacetime loss in U.S. Naval history.
Tall Ship Education Program
Students explore man’s relationship with the ocean, gain an appreciation for our maritime heritage, and learn the concepts of ‘historical perspectives’ and ‘interpretation’. Through challenging hands-on activities students develop problem solving, critical thinking, leadership, communication, and teamwork skills.
The Lost Posters of Surf Artist Rick Sharp
Surfer Rick Sharp restarted his career in the 1970s with his fantasy based organic surf posters, currently on display at the museum.
Through the display of historic artifacts and images, the story of ranching on Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and San Miguel Islands comes to life. Learn about the personalities, products and environment that made island ranching possible.
Marine Safety Agencies and USCG Black Fin
Protecting our coasts and waterways, this exhibit highlights marine safety agencies in the Santa Barbara Channel, their service to our community and emergency heroes.
Mario M. Castagnola Commercial Fishing
From harpoon fishing to modern fisheries management, the Mario M. Castagnola Commercial Fishing exhibit uses artifacts and images tell the story of Santa Barbara’s historic fishing industries.
Diving Technology and Abalone Diving
Hardhat diving has been part of local history since the late 1800s when abalone became a sought-after delicacy and continues today with urchin fishery and oil extraction. The Fred Kavli Diving Technology exhibit features historic diving helmets, suits and compressors. In October 2009, the Maritime Museum became the West Coast home to the Historical Diving Society.
Discover the rich maritime history of California’s Central Coast, dating back over 10,000 years to the region’s earliest seafarers, the Chumash. The Historic Path features a Chumash tomol, an interactive explorer map, and artifacts that bring the area’s long maritime history to life. EXHIBITS INCLUDE: Chumash Exhibit, Santa Barbara Bank and Trust Explorers Exhibit, Otter and Seal Hunting Exhibit, Hide and Tallow Trade Exhibit, Supply Ships Exhibit, Shore Whaling Exhibit, and George Castagnola Family Santa Barbara Waterfront Exhibit
Goleta’s Cannons features two of the historic cannons found on the Goleta coast on January 23, 1981. The exhibit highlights clues to the cannon’s past, how the community restored these artifacts, and step-by-step instructions for how cannons of that era were fired, including audio of an actual cannon firing. The cannons are on loan from the Goleta Valley Historical Society.
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Marilyn S. Tennity Surfing Exhibit
Discover the rich surf history of the Central Coast through this interactive exhibit, which features one-of-a-kind artifacts, oral histories with surfing greats and a surf board you can stand on.
Originally built by brothers Malcolm and Allan Loughead, the F-1 seaplane was constructed in Santa Barbara for the U.S. Navy in World War I. After the war, the brothers used the seaplane for sightseeing trips and aerial filming for Flying A Studios films. Suspended from the museum’s ceiling is a 1/4 scale flying model of the F-1 built by the Santa Barbara Radio Control Modelers Club. Malcolm and Allan’s Company eventually became Lockheed Martin.