Capturing the nostalgia of a moment and sharing someone’s story are what inspires John Thomas Rose to pick up his camera. During his week posting images on the Photograph Your Love® Instagram Takeover, we saw many great examples of his inspiration brought to fruition. We saw beautiful landscapes, quirky snaps, street scenes and day-in-the-life moments. Of special interest were his shots taken during a stay in Vietnam.

After graduating from Elmhurst College with a degree in Spanish, John Rose enrolled in the visual journalism program at Brooks Institute in Ventura, California. It was during his time at Brooks that he spent 7 weeks in Vietnam working on the annual international documentary project. To this day, John keeps in contact with a friend he made in Vietnam while working on that project. Just the fact that someone chooses to share a particular image in a takeover named “Photograph Your Love” tells you the specialness of that person or experience.

After Brooks, Rose went on to become a Laboratory Teachers Assistant in the Journalism department at Santa Barbara City College. Among his duties, he serves as technical advisor to the student newspaper, The Channels.


We thank John so much for his participation in our takeover! Some of his images highlighted beautiful getaways close to home here in Santa Barbara. If you’re a local, check out his shots of Pine Mountain and the Sespe Wilderness, plan a great day hike, grab your camera and Photograph Your Love!

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