Photos by Paul Wellman unless otherwise noted.
While we're big fans of the written word, way fewer people would ever open this newspaper to peep at our prose if it weren't for the fine news, arts, and feature photography that Santa Barbarans have come to expect on these pages during the past 26 years. For the past decade, that's been delivered almost singlehandedly by our “big-shot” photographer Paul Wellman, whose skills as one of the best and most reliable shooters in the California media world continue to evolve every day.
In this annual issue, we feature our favorite shots from the year that was, as seen predominantly through the Wellman lens, but also through longtime freelancers like David Bazemore. It also serves as a year in review, highlighting some of the major events from 2012, whether courtroom dramas or onstage performances to remember.
So enjoy, and get ready for another year of remarkable images to behold.