It was New York City in the summer of 2012 when filmmaker/poet Adam Nichols Russell was hospitalized after an unexpected traumatic manic episode, later diagnosed as Bi Polar Disorder. This two part book featuring poetry and photography is part first hand account via poetic documentation during hospitalization, and partly composed of pieces created throughout recovery in Connecticut. The contrast of an artist in a manic state, enveloped by the frenetic city, with the quiet, reflective, nature of suburban/rural existence after diagnosis is stark. Ultimately, this book serves as a reminder of the complexity and power of the mind while taking on the misconceived benefits of altered states.
ADAM NICHOLS RUSSELL Was born and raised in Connecticut, spent time at college in Boston, lived abroad in Mexico City, then ultimately graduated from the Film and Media Arts program at Temple University in Philadelphia. He spent six years immersed in all aspects of the film and television industry in Los Angeles and NYC. These experiences have shaped how he views the world and directly influences his filmmaking and storytelling. Russell continued exploring his longtime love of poetry by releasing an evocative chapbook of select poems: “Lost Angles” (2012), an examination of his time in LA and rumination on the city itself. This combination of poetic verse, and an eye for visual composition is an essential component found in virtually all of his creative endeavors.