Paul Wellman is the staff photographer and photo editor for The Santa Barbara Independent. He got his start at the weekly newspaper in 2001 as an amateur photographer working part-time in the editorial production department scanning photos and doing basic page layout. The occasional submission of images turned into an occasional assignment, and 18 months later, he took over the full-time job of staff photographer. Paul and his camera bag have since covered many miles of Santa Barbara County and beyond, shooting concerts and court cases, pop stars and politicians, portraits and protests, spot news and sports, festivals and fires. His work has also been featured in dozens of publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and National Geographic.
Photographs from around Santa Barbara.
Noon report from around downtown Santa Barbara.
Owner of 32 Years Honored Weeks Before Closure
Owner of 32 years honored weeks before closure.
This Year They Help Cameron Benson and His Family
This year they’re helping Cameron Benson and his family.
Cypress trees downed along the 101 through Montecito in February storm.
How I Got Involved in This Weekend’s Friendship Paddle for Our Colleague Ethan Stewart
How I got involved in this weekend’s Friendship Paddle for our colleague Ethan Stewart.
Photographed Santa Barbara for 43 Years
Photographer Steve Malone spent his life capturing the essential moments in the life of our town.
Indy Photographer Paul Wellman Soars Over Pt. Mugu Ahead of Weekend Air Show
Indy photographer Paul Wellman soars over Pt. Mugu ahead of weekend air show.
Bug v. Bug War Continues Against Disease
Bug v. bug war commences against disease.
Midnight start delayed due to rough seas.