We had the good fortune of connecting with Max Hendrickson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Max, why did you pursue a creative career?
I guess you can trace that back to when I was a kid.
I was always into music growing up. I constantly joke that I was raised on Green Day and Foo Fighters instead of nursery rhymes, and my dad can attest to that. I thought it’d be cool to pursue a venture into music at first, among an artist and other things, but I gravitated a lot toward the camera. Mainly because it’s capturing a moment in time that can last forever, I guess you can say I didn’t actively pursue a career in this but it’s more of a passion that blossomed into something more, especially after shooting concerts. That was the best thing I could’ve decided to do for me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I like to look at my photos as a time travel machine. Something that can take you back to a moment and it’ll capture the absolute energy of a moment. Whether it’s concerts, personal projects, portrait shoots, landscapes, street photos, or whatever it is that catches my eye, I want to document it. I don’t like boxing myself into just one type of photography, which allows a different type of expression to each photo I produce.
I wouldn’t say getting into photography is hard, because anyone can pick up a camera and take a photo. But I believe a photographer is someone that can tell a story, like an author can with words. What details are in the photo that you didn’t notice on the first time looking at it? What’s going on in this photo that’s making me feel this way? I think that’s the biggest thing I’ve come to find, especially with all the other people that shoot photos around me.
In terms of lessons I’ve learned, the biggest one I can say is just always be cool to people. You never know who knows someone that can change something for you. I wouldn’t be doing this if someone didn’t recognize me from what I do and how I treat them. Even if you bump into someone once, that has an impact and you don’t want that to be negative. So just always being cool to people is the best piece of advice I can give.
When it comes to my brand and story, I think that what I make and create for me can be something you all can relate to. I create a lot of what I make because I love to do it and I think that’s why people have started to gravitate towards my work. It’s personal, but entertaining to look at and enjoy, and I think that’s how photography should be. Less of the professionalism of it and just using the camera like an author, painter, or artist. Using the camera to tell your story in a way that brings out you.
I had a friend tell me that although I never really show my face on my photography Instagram, he can see me through the photos, and that stuck with me. I think that’s the best description of my photos that you can get.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There’s tons of cool little places in Fort Collins so this’ll be interesting.
Bizarre Bazaar is a sweet place to go to look for books, movies, and music, The people there are always super nice and I’ve found great things whenever I go there. The Alley Cat is a great place to hang out or do homework in, mainly because it’s open all night. Tokyo Joe’s is always good. Fort Collins is known for its Old Town too, so obviously that, but I like going to the Ben & Jerry’s, All Sales Vinyl, Beaujo’s, and some other places down there. It’s a cool place to check out.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The great folks from Hardcore in the Fort (@hardcoreinthefort) for letting me shoot my first ever concert at one of their events with Blast N’ Scrap (@blastnscrap). Both huge contributors to the music scene in Fort Collins, as they encourage young bands to get performing and let all types of acts play. The bands Violent High (@violent_high_grind), Old Skin (@old_skin_sludge), and Sludgebroker (@sludgebroker) for posting my photos from that show and giving me the best shoutout in the world. Sagan Petr Smith (@producedbysps) for being one of the first people I interviewed and photographed for a feature, Asa (@thebigmakeover) for always encouraging me to get out there and get involved. Big shoutout to Connor Alexander (@alexander_connor) for being one of my closest friends I can go shoot photos with, he’s always been someone to give out great ideas and he has wonderful photos himself.
Also have to give props to my family, friends, and those that have encouraged me to keep chasing my ambitions in photography.
Photos taken of: Noble 5th and the Confidence, Native Station, and Razorwire Handcuffs.