Teen photog Garrett Geyer aims and shoots on the Arlington red carpet.

Paul Wellman

Teen photog Garrett Geyer aims and shoots on the Arlington red carpet.

Good Visuals

Our Annual Year in Pictures Issue, Version 2011

During the past decade, as century-old printed publications have faded away while Internet entrepreneurs continue to craft a news industry for the 21st century, journalism has endured nothing short of a revolution. But despite the power of the tweet, the globe-connecting machinations of social Web sites, and the democratization of media that’s allowed everyone and quite literally their mothers to become bloggers, one of the oldest clichés still stands as true as ever: When it comes to telling the stories that define our lives, a photograph is still worth at least 1,000 words, whether it’s in your favorite magazine or on your computer screen.

Nowhere is that more evident than in Santa Barbara, where every day, perfect sunsets light up a stunning landscape outside while inside we passionately battle before decision makers about how the region should evolve in the coming years. Luckily for The Santa Barbara Independent, we’re able to send longtime staff photographer Paul Wellman into those scenes with complete confidence that he will emerge with the exact images needed to convey the emotions of each story, whether it’s someone fighting to save the Gaviota Coast or a UCSB track star setting yet another record.

Each year, we get to sit back and reflect on Wellman’s work — not to mention the contributions of onstage shooter David Bazemore and some occasional others — in this annual Years in Pictures issue, a collection of the year’s best photographs, but also a de facto year-in-review for the faces and places that made headlines in Santa Barbara in 2011. So grab a seat and take a look at our year that was.

Photos by Paul Wellman unless otherwise noted.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Woman Killed by Train in Montecito

She was struck Friday morning near Olive Mill Road.

La Cumbre Sears Set for Closure

Liquidation sale begins this week.

City Council Approves Fee Allocation for Branch Libraries

The topic goes next to branch library cities.

Truck Accident Disrupts Foodbank Turkey Drive

Nonprofit is trying to replace $145,000 in equipment and food lost in accident last month.

County Eyeing Private Montecito Land to Build New Debris Basin

Supervisors have started the negotiation process with Randall Road parcel owners.