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The Interview Issue: Local photographer Fred Morledge

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1. “The Winds of Change”

What represents the essence of our city to you? Born and raised in Las Vegas, as well as living here for 29 years, I see it exist in a constant state of flux. Things aren’t really built to last too long here, so they are always being torn down and replaced or upgraded. This image of the Life Cube represents the state of change that Vegas is always experiencing. Everyone stands by as memories are burned to the ground. This is one of the reasons it is difficult to form any real attachment to anything here, as it is always being torn down to make room for the next big thing.

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2. “The Music Scene”

What is the most underrated thing about Las Vegas? There is a mass misconception that Vegas lacks a music scene. The Las Vegas music scene has produced some very successful acts: The Crystal Method, The Killers, Panic! At the Disco, Imagine Dragons and Otherwise, just to name a few, and more and more music comes out all the time. If you think the local Vegas music scene is dead, go to more shows, support your local artists and actually have some damn fun at a show instead of standing there with your arms folded or on your phone!

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3. “Berlin Wall”

What can you do here that you can’t do anywhere else? This is obscure, but you can actually urinate on a piece of the Berlin wall in the bathroom at Main Street Station! I am pretty sure you can’t do that anywhere else.

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4. “Happiness”

Is Las Vegas a happy place to live? Las Vegas, like anywhere else, is what you make of it. If you want to be depressed and sit in a gutter with a bottle of booze and your tears, you can do that—and most people won’t judge you for it. However, many people see this place as an opportunity to start a family, be in love and create a brighter future for themselves and their loved ones. Culture and art are steadily making their way into Vegas, and it’s making a lot of room for families and young people to live happy, rich lives outside of the world of the Strip and Downtown. Vegas really is a “choose your own adventure” kind of place. Choose to be happy, and you will be.

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