When you think of the name Nic Adler, owner of the Roxy comes to mind but did you know that he takes great pictures? I am a huge fan of the iPhone app Instagram which is a social photo sharing app that allows you to take pictures and add different filters to the shots you use. People from all over the world who have this app are able to like, comment and follow users with pictures that they enjoy. One day I was looking through my list of followers and there he was, Nic Adler himself. I was curious to see what kind of pictures he would have in his album and I have to say that his pictures are definitely one of my favorite to check out. Each of his pictures has its own story to tell and it’s as if you are looking through Nic’s eyes as he experienced the moment in time himself. I was able to interview Nic and learn more about his photography, his thoughts on Instagram and his favorite things to take pictures of. This is his story…
Q. Many know you as the owner of The Roxy. Are people surprised when they find out that you take pictures as well?
A. Some are. Elmer Valentine, The Real Godfather of The Strip, who helped start The Whiskey, The Roxy, The Trip and so many more, gave me my first camera when I was 8. I knew that photography was always going to be part of my life, but it wasn’t until I took Photography in High School that I knew that it would be a life long passion.
Q. How did you get into photography?
A. Taking Photography class in my junior year I was really was pushed to think out of the box in terms of what and how I shot. Not only shooting the photo but developing them myself really taught me about contrast, focus and composition. For my spring sabbatical I was lucky enough to work with Andy Bernstein, pro basketball's most legendary photographer. I worked underneath him at both Laker and Clipper games. Number one thing I learned from Andy was anticipation. It’s been the one thing that really allows me to get the shot I want.
Q. What are your favorite things to shoot?
A. Street scenes, my dogs, sunsets and of course live music.
Q. Does music play a factor in your photos?
A. Funny you should ask. When I shoot whether I am listening to music or not a song always pops in my head. Music grounds me, so when that song starts playing I can concentrate on my subject. More I’m focused, the better the picture.
Q. Would you consider your photography as a hobby or has it become something more?
A. It’s a hobby, but that said it’s also very therapeutic. As long as I have my iPhone or my 5
Q. You are very involved with posting many of your shots on Instagram. What do you think about the application and what type of feedback have you received?
A. I love Instagram. I was very social and active online as it was but when Instagram started social became about art as much as it was about text. The best part of Instagram is going on a journey and not knowing where you will end up. I go to my feed, see a picture I like, then I click on the location where it was shot, look at those pictures, find one I like click on that user and repeat. I find myself starting in
Not sure if everyone knows yet but with the last update of Hipstamatic (My favorite Camera App) you can now post directly from Hipstamatic right into Instagram. It’s the only app that allows you to do that. BTW, I have my own “pack” that’s available for download in the Hipstamatic Store, inside the app. It rocks!!
Q. What are you hoping to accomplish with your photography?
A. Although I love talking about what’s coming up at The Roxy, my favorite restaurant, the new download available, my favorite new app, I would much rather be sharing a picture. It really gives us the chance to get away even if it’s just for a minute. Photography is the great escape. It allows us a window into someone else's reality. I know its cliché but a photo is worth a thousand words, and some are worth much more.
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Instagram: Nic Adler
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Kip Force Book Release
by eddy ( @eddydrake)
The reality star wants to help you get into the industry with words from her personal story. I sit down with Kit and talk about her new book thatll be perfect for anyone tying to get into the business. Make sure to catch her new book out May 31st!
A friend of mine brought to my attention this amazing painting of the Notorious B.I.G. made by an artist who goes by the name Adream. Fascinated by this piece, I continued to research his paintings and became more and more of a fan with each piece I found. I love how the diversity of his subject matter and the colors that encapsulate his art jump out at the observer and hold their undivided attention. I was lucky enough to interview Adream on his inspirations, his contributions to
Q. Where did the name “Adream” come from?
A. My last year living in
Q. Many of your paintings have an explosion of color and embody different emotions through the colors. What can you share about your creation process?
A. My style and technique of painting is a universal language we all can connect to. As a cultural artist, I involve many diverse regions such as
Q. What type of artist are you?
A. “Philanthropist". I use my art to send a message of caring, nourishing, developing, and enhancing
Q. What inspires you?
A. Latino community members believe that, under Secure Communities and past immigration policies, local police actively collaborate with immigration agents to detain and deport undocumented residents. This is alarming in
Q. My favorite piece of yours is the Notorious B.I.G. painting from an original well known photograph of him. Tell me about the making of this.
A. I was always interested in the life of an artist after his death. How people view poets after they are gone. It's fascinating. The message and the truth will always remain.
Q. Your work has received much attention from the art community. Did you ever imagine your creations to strike a chord with people?
A. As a child my teacher said "Someday people will pay for your drawings". I did not understand what she meant at the moment. Today at 27, I'm honored to be chosen and directing these public projects for the State requires me to give 120% of my self. I've gotten a better understanding of who I am in relation to my growing family in
Q. What has been your favorite painting so far?
A. "The Dream Mural" at
Q. I noticed there are humming birds in a few of your pieces. What do they represent?
A. It's a messenger of love and joy. I see them float and fly wild in and out of dreams.
Q. What are you currently working on?
A. Performing Arts, Live Action Painting, and Film Project in Berkeley, Californina.
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Editor’s Note: The artist wanted to include a credit for TheNewWa.com
Rej3ctz Peta Griffin
Check it out!! Got to hang with them boys the ReJ3ctz and catch em behind the scenes at there brand spankin' new music video to "Peta Grifin." The atmosphere was definitely TURNT UP! Cant wait til this hits the clubs for sure and have everyone swaggin off of this! Keep an eye out for the new video!!
covered by @angeleszane
by eddy ( @eddydrake)
"Going no where fast weve reached a climax!" Yea I went there! In love with Usher's new track and excited to the max to see people covering his music again. Check out an upcoming artist, Angeles Zane, doing his version to Climax. Tweet him and tag @1027kiisfm to tell him what you think.