Leica Camera and Nikki Sixx, bassist and founding member of Mötley Crüe and three-time New York Times best-selling author, have combined their enthusiasm for photography and rich visual storytelling with two new releases in October. Leica Camera will debut a special Leica Q “Nikki Sixx Edition” camera, as well as host the musician’s first-ever photo exhibit “Conversations with Angels” at the Leica Gallery Los Angeles.
Sixx’s affinity for street photography is the result of his experience on the streets as a runaway and past drug abuse. Now sober 17 years, Sixx uses his Leica cameras as tools to link his challenging past experiences with stories of hope through capturing images that speak to his strong and meaningful connections to his subjects.
“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” says Sixx.
Sixx’s style and method of photography are unique. He first and foremost focuses on having a conversation with his subjects and getting to know them well before he ever brings his camera out. Only once he’s heard their story does he begin to capture any photographs, aiming to bring these intimate conversations to life in his photos and help to explain the lives of the people he encounters. To help tell these stories, Sixx uses various Leica cameras including the Leica SL, Leica M and his Leica Q to photograph his subjects. Sixx attributes his particular love of the Q to its versatility. “It’s not just a camera for serious work, but a camera to capture life by” shared Sixx “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”.