Eye Photo – Portraits of Monterey County – by Nic Coury

Nic Coury


Nic Coury is a photojournalist based in Monterey, Calif. He has had work published in Sports Illustrated, Cycle World and Bicycling magazines, and has shot commercial jobs for Specialized Bicycles, Ferrari and Bugatti. He also covers crime for a local newspaper. In his free time, he drinks too many espressos and wins mustache competitions.

The Winemaker - Gary Pisoni.

The Winemaker – Gary Pisoni.

A photojournalist’s role is different in that photos are rarely staged or set up. They are designed to capture a newsworthy moment, and often reveal people when they’re not at their best, when they may be reacting to tragedy or waiting for a verdict. A portrait is shot in a controlled, studio setup and lit externally to work with a person and show off their character. The story is the person, not a set of circumstances around them.

The Poet - Garland Thompson.

The Poet – Garland Thompson.

When shooting a portrait, I focus on the subject’s eyes. You can uncover a lot of their emotional depth and, through that, how they see the world.

This collection of portraits is a celebration of locals. Some are well-known throughout Monterey County, while others contribute to the community in less high-profile ways.

The goal was to photograph each person in a way that humanizes them and reduces the context that we’ve built up around them. These are individuals who are inspiring, intriguing or just plain fun to have around – and at the end of the day, they are simply people.

The Skater Mom - Alex White.

The Skater Mom – Alex White.

The Fire Spirit - Rosalia Webster.

The Fire Spirit – Rosalia Webster.

The Coffeemaker - Larry Thurman.

The Coffeemaker – Larry Thurman.

The Record Store Owner - Bob Gamber.

The Record Store Owner – Bob Gamber.

The Politician - Leon Panetta.

The Politician – Leon Panetta.


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