Paul Wellman

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.

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A Visual Report of Rainy Tuesday

Photographs from around Santa Barbara.

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High Winds, Downed Trees, Some Rain So Far

Noon report from around downtown Santa Barbara.

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Surprise Family Reunion at Giovanni’s Pizza on Coast Village Road

Owner of 32 Years Honored Weeks Before Closure

Owner of 32 years honored weeks before closure.

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The Friendship Paddle Sets Off on Saturday

This Year They Help Cameron Benson and His Family

This year they’re helping Cameron Benson and his family.

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And Then There Was One

Cypress trees downed along the 101 through Montecito in February storm.

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Paddling for Ethan

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.

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Steve Malone: 1949-2015

Photographed Santa Barbara for 43 Years

Photographer Steve Malone spent his life capturing the essential moments in the life of our town.

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VIDEO: Jet-Setting with the Breitling Team

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.

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Citrus Psyllid Predator Released in County

Bug v. Bug War Continues Against Disease

Bug v. bug war commences against disease.

Channel Swim Postponed

Midnight start delayed due to rough seas.

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