Few surfing locations in the world offer the same combination of fascinating wildlife, beautiful scenery, and ideal waves as that which is found on the North Shore of Oahu, in Hawaii. While thousands travel to the North Shore every year to soak in the sun, one woman, Brooklyn Dombroski, has made a living capturing the essence of the North Shore on her camera.
Brooklyn is a North Shore native, having grown up watching her ocean savvy father in his profession as a lifeguard and role model. It was her father, Mark, that stemmed Brooklyn’s “healthy fear [and love] of the ocean.” Brooklyn’s mother also influenced her creativity, and influenced to become such a successful and talented photographer. She describes her mother as “an artist and full-time mom, who taught me to express myself through dance, theater, and of course art.”
While Brooklyn is adept in many different forms of media (having received a Fine Arts/Graphic Design degree), she has always found the majority of her passion in photography. When asked why, Brooklyn said, “photography has been a way for me to capture moments in an instantaneous, yet raw way, truer than any other medium can. I think I just love freezing moments, which is why journaling is so important to me as well.”
In many ways, photography has not only been a profession for Brooklyn, but it has also helped to shape her respect for nature and her overall outlook on life. When asked what animal she most enjoys capturing (of which there are many), Brooklyn said she loves shooting sharks. She says, “they’re beautiful creatures and make me feel so insignificant when I’m next to them, I think that’s an important experience to have in the grand scheme of life.”
While she loves animals and enjoys capturing them, Brooklyn admitted that her favorite subjects to film are actually people, because of the complexity of each individual. When asked what she hopes to accomplish with her pictures, Brooklyn said, “I only hope that my portraits evoke emotion, or cause you to create a unique story about that person in your own mind through their expression.”