Faces and places
A view of 2009 in Monterey County through the lens of staff photographer Nic Coury.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
It was a year of hope, marked by the election of a new president, and of despair, as crime continued to stalk Salinas and the ravages of the recession took their toll.
The images in these pages show the human side of life in this area, whose astonishing beauty does not make it immune from woe.
Emotion, not explanation. Ordinary people, not bureaucratic policy.
These pictures, taken by Weekly staff photographer Nic Coury, offer a window into the highs and lows of the year we’ve collectively experienced – along, perhaps, with a view of what may lie ahead.
– Paul Wilner