January 3, 2010 in City

2009 in pictures: Our photographers’ favorites

Jesse Tinsley photo

Hobo Stensgar: As I approached and photographed Hobo Stensgar, I was taken by the contrast between the massive concrete hydro-electric dam built to block the Columbia River and make electricity for the native people, like Stensgar, who have fished the river for thousands of years. I was preparing a story about salmon and the new fish hatchery planned for the area. Taking fish by dragging a giant hook to snag the fin or body is deemed unsportsmanlike under Washington state law, but I was reminded that Stensgar and his ancestors fished to survive, not for sport. And the right to take fish by whatever means are at hand continues to be a way of life.
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A slice of life. An unscripted moment, captured in a single frame. A turning point in a critical sporting event. These are among the themes selected by members of The Spokesman-Review’s photography staff for the newspaper’s 2009 review in pictures. In a departure from previous year-in-review projects, The S-R’s six photojournalists were asked to select a favorite image from a year’s work and explain why it was meaningful to them. On these pages, we share their favorites and their thoughts.

See something you like? Copies of these photos are for sale by calling (509) 459-5523, e-mailing blairt@spokesman.com or going online.

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