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The 10 Best Images of the Year

10 striking photos taken in 2018, from farmers markets to trolley dances, food, portraits and more


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January 2018

Ocean Beach Farmers Market, photo by Troy Johnson

Normally we leave photography to the professionals, but we couldn’t resist the perfect moment food editor Troy Johnson snapped on his phone. From the still-damp surfer walking down the sidewalk to the abundance of flowers, we could not have staged it better.

April 2018 

Family at South Carlsbad State Beach Campground campsite by Robert Benson

Among so many other things, we fell for this sweet, tiny camper from Little Guy Trailers. The golden afternoon light, the bright pops of color in the chairs and blanket, and the birds in the background set the perfect beach-camping scene.

May 2018

Portrait of Ivan Maldonado by Joe Wilson

Being a brewer sounds like a fun job, but when you get down to it, making alcohol in vast quantities is demanding physical work. In this portrait, Joe Wilson made Ivan Maldonado feel like a rock star.

June 2018

Bivouac Cider by Paula Watts

We cannot get over how graphic this photo is. This seemingly simple overhead of glasses and apples morphs into a study on color, shape and reflection.

July 2018

Portrait of Michelle Salz-Smith by Becca Batista

Chickens in the kitchen sounds kind of—let’s face it—gross, but Becca Batistsa manages to make this surprising juxtaposition look like whimsical cottage life.

 August 2018

Portrait of Richard Hermann by Jay Reilly

Jay Reilly captured the years of experience on photographer Richard Hermann’s face. But instead of feeling tired, but Hermann looks ready for decades more of adventure. 

September 2018

Parc Overhead dishes by Justin McChensey-Wachs

Photographer Justin McChesney-Wachs never fails to make food look good. It can be tough to capture wilted greens and rare meat (and not look like a 1970s cookbook). He turns it into a dining experience we want to have.

September 2018

Trolley Dance performers by Corey Vilicana

This birdseye photo of dancers at Idea One showcases exactly why the Trolley Dances are so special: real, accessible artists showcased against the backdrop of our city—instead of set apart on a sterile stage.

November 2018

Betty’s Pie Whole by Justin McChesney-Wachs

This half-eaten slice of pie is messy and inviting.  We even considered it for the cover. 

December 2018

Portrait of Jon Feliciano by Robert Benson

Robert Benson sent firefighter Feliciano (and himself) through beneath a spraying fire hose…multiple times… to get the shot. The result: an edge-y, gritty image that would feel at home in an action movie.  

 

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