#debrismeetsthesea by Nick Botelho in Venice, Los Angeles, California

Using his iPhone to photograph seemingly lonely urban landscapes in a well-populated area, Nick Botelho shows glimpses of what it is like to live and play in the L.A. beachfront neighborhood of Venice.  Successful/beautiful documentation of man made spaces and the occasional shot showing how humans interacts in those spaces makes his stream of photos worth a look. Follow his Instagram at @nosecretsbetweensailors.

Name:Nick Botelho

Place you live: Venice (Los Angeles, CA)

Place your Photos were taken? The majority of my Instagram photos were taken within the Los Angeles area: Venice, West Los Angeles, Hollywood, Silverlake

Can you sum up Venice? It’s where the debris meets the sea. Venice is a juxtaposition of everything and anything. There is the Boardwalk, which is a bit of a circus. Abbott Kinney with boutiques and art galleries. Rose Ave which is slowly turning into restaurant row, Oakwood where million dollar modern homes are next-door to section 8 housing, and the Canals which were modeled after the original canals of Venice, Italy. Some people love it and some people think it needs to fall into the ocean.

For the visitor? There is no shortage of things to do in this city, I’ve lived here all my life and feel like I haven’t put a dent it the city. So I can’t really begin to tell a visitor what to do or avoid.

Best meal in the city? La Fiesta Brava on Rose Ave. is a little hole-in-the-wall type Mexican place, it’s BYOB so pick up a 6 pack next door at The Ranch market before you go.

How long have you been using Instagram? I started to use Instagram a little over a year and one half ago

What phone camera do you use to shoot? Currently I am using an iPhone 5

What is your editing process? – I’m not too big on editing or post-processing.

1.I take the photo using the built-in camera

2. Snapseed to do basic edits

3. VSCOcam to crop and use one of the filters

4. Then Post the photo to Instagram

Has Instagram/phoneography affected how you shoot?  Yes, I definitely feel Instagram has affected the way I shoot. The square format of Instagram makes you focus on composition and space a bit more when you shoot, also it forces you to eliminate some of the extra factors that may not add to an image.

Does your feed differ from your work outside of instagram? Yes, my feed is mostly urban landscape and the facade of commercial buildings, with a classic car thrown in here and there. In my work outside of IG I incorporate a lot of lifestyle, and editorial type themes.

Who are your three favorite Instagrammers?  This is a tough one… In no order: @eli_dennis@5a5a5a@hornbecker