Ten Years as a Staff Photographer in Monterey, California – 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 burning roof of the first floor collapses as firefighters work to contain a massive blaze that consumed The Swinging Door building on Soledad Street in Salinas' Chinatown on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

The burning roof of the first floor collapses as firefighters work to contain a massive blaze that consumed The Swinging Door building on Soledad Street in Salinas’ Chinatown on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

At the bright-eyed young age of 23, a year after graduating from journalism school and thinking I knew it all (which I definitely did not), I landed a staff photographer job in my hometown of Monterey, Calif. with the Monterey County Weekly.

I’ve taken a lot of photos since then and still love the newspaper world and have been lucky to work alongside a great news staff of talented reporters and editors. I tell people it’s a dream job, because I’m not really sure what else I could do with myself if I wasn’t shooting photos.

Sen. Bernie Sanders pumps his fist in front of thousands of supporters after delivering his stump speech outside of Colton Hall in Monterey, Calif. on May 31, 2016.

Sen. Bernie Sanders pumps his fist in front of thousands of supporters after delivering his stump speech outside of Colton Hall in Monterey, Calif. on May 31, 2016.

It’s been quite a wild ride documenting my hometown of Monterey County. It’s a great place to be a journalist, because of the wild diversity of international politics and the military community, marine sciences, a huge agricultural world and endless beautiful landscapes. The people who have created the local communities are wonderful, fascinating and have created endless news over the years.

I love small town news. It’s been a privilege to document life in my own backyard, both locally and how international events shape our community.

Here are my favorites photos from each of my 10 years.

Follow more of my work on the Monterey County Weekly’s Instagram feed.

Bonner Bolton of Odessa, Texas rides a bull at the Professional Bull Riding during the 2015 California Rodeo Salinas in Salinas, Calif.

Bonner Bolton of Odessa, Texas rides a bull at the Professional Bull Riding during the 2015 California Rodeo Salinas in Salinas, Calif.

America singer-songwriter Larry Hosford sits in his home in Salinas, Calif. in 2014.

America singer-songwriter Larry Hosford sits in his home in Salinas, Calif. in 2014.

Grady Harp, right, hugs his husband Paul Hardiman shortly after the couple signed a marriage license at the Monterey County Government Building in Salinas, Calif. in July 2013. The couple was one of the first to get a marriage license after gay marriage was legalized in Monterey County.

Grady Harp, right, hugs his husband Paul Hardiman shortly after the couple signed a marriage license at the Monterey County Government Building in Salinas, Calif. in July 2013. The couple was one of the first to get a marriage license after gay marriage was legalized in Monterey County.

Mariachi Imperial de Mexico members Daniel Gonzales, left, and Misael Torbio laugh back stage before a grand finale with other bands during the Mariachi Festival at the Fox Theatre in Salinas, Calif. in 2012.

Mariachi Imperial de Mexico members Daniel Gonzales, left, and Misael Torbio laugh back stage before a grand finale with other bands during the Mariachi Festival at the Fox Theatre in Salinas, Calif. in 2012.

2010 MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo takes a high-side crash at turn 5 during Saturday morning practice at the 2011 Red Bull U.S. Moto Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Lorenzo qualified in pole position that afternoon and finished second in the race the next day.

2010 MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo takes a high-side crash at turn 5 during Saturday morning practice at the 2011 Red Bull U.S. Moto Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Lorenzo qualified in pole position that afternoon and finished second in the race the next day.

Winemaker Gary Pisoni entertains guests in the cellar of his farmhouse in Gonzales, Calif. in 2010.

Winemaker Gary Pisoni entertains guests in the cellar of his farmhouse in Gonzales, Calif. in 2010.

In 2009, 85-year-old Bill Brin played every week at the Marina Ping-Pong Club in Marina, Calif.

In 2009, 85-year-old Bill Brin played every week at the Marina Ping-Pong Club in Marina, Calif.

Glenn Kulik, posing for a portrait in 2008, is a survivor of child molestation and was one of many men to speak about his experiences in the documentary "Boyhood Shadows", a film produced in Monterey, Calif.

Glenn Kulik, posing for a portrait in 2008, is a survivor of child molestation and was one of many men to speak about his experiences in the documentary “Boyhood Shadows”, a film produced in Monterey, Calif.

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