At some point, you should ask yourself, “what doesn’t Nikki Sixx do?” Not only is he the bassist of the now-retired Mötley Crüe, leader of his own musical project Sixx:A.M., and an author, but he also enjoys performing behind the camera with street-style photography. The multi-talented Sixx uses Leica cameras such as the SL, M, and Q, and has now teamed up with Leica to embark upon his first-ever photo exhibit. Conversations with Angels will take place at the Leica Gallery in Los Angeles from October 4 thru Nov. 4th.
The Conversations with Angels exhibit begins just in time for the 10th anniversary of his memoir, The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star and it will feature some of the most striking moments he’s captured throughout the past decade, with some photos depicting homelessness and drug addiction. He hopes the realism in his photos will help his subjects and others find hope from their own battles along with finding a way to overcome drug addiction.
Leica camera will also debut a special $5250 Q “Nikki Sixx Edition” camera featuring a black snakeskin finish on leatherette with a laser-engraved Nikki Sixx signature. It will also be accompanied by a leather wrist strap, autographed copy of the 10th-anniversary edition of his memoir, The Heroin Diaries, as well as a DSPTCH braided shoulder strap. The specialty Nikki Sixx edition will be limited to an exclusive 28 units, which is a special number for Sixx, as it resembles the age he overdosed on heroin and was declared clinically dead for several minutes.
The bassist described his experience with the Q camera:
“It’s not just a camera for serious work, but a camera to capture life by. I never leave home without my camera. I want it nearby in case I see something that compels me to pull my car over or walk down an alleyway for inspiration. I love the Q because it’s incredibly durable and has stuck with me through everything – a lot of wear and tear, but it always delivers sharp and poignant images.”
As far as his photography is concerned, he uses his personal experiences such as battling addiction and living on the streets as a muse for his art. Therefore, his style is specifically designed to focus on his subjects and their lifestyle and his goal is to capture their story and struggle.
“I’ve been a storyteller all my life – as a lyricist, an author and especially as a photographer. When I’m shooting my subjects, I’m looking to capture more than just an image. I want to tell their stories.”
“When I get home from shooting. I look at those photos for hours. I zoom in on their eyes, their lips, and their fingers and I look for some hope. If I can find that hope then I’ve done them justice in my photography.”
Proceeds from all sales of the exhibit depicting homelessness will benefit Covenant House California, Los Angeles to raise funds for a photography room and program for Covenant House residents. More information on this can be found here.