Riding a bicycle can be a hobby. It can be a passion or a lifestyle. It can also be the impetus for a promising career. Max is a fellow employee, nay, comrade at Velo Pro. He and I don’t often work together but we have quite a lot in common. Max is a student at Brooks Institute here in Santa Barbara. So he loves photography way more than I do. And by that, I mean where I just own a camera and make it up as I go along, he is willing to pay five figures a year to learn as much as he can about photography. Not only has he built up an impressive portfolio, he has been getting into video and making awesome strides. One of his videos, Van Life 2 starring Ryan Gardner, was featured on Pinkbike and Bike Magazine’s website.
Above I mentioned the impetus for a career. Max has an impressive portfolio to be sure. His photography includes portrait and architecture as well. But it’s the combination of the outdoors and mountain biking where his photography is really impactful. These shots are his best work. Well, the mountain bikes and the climbing photos. Seriously, you can’t keep this guy indoors for very long. There is quite a bit to Max that I will never fully understand. I mean, if you follow his Spotify playlists, you’ll see what I mean. But the fact that he will lug his camera equipment and lighting equipment up into the mountain to capture someone shredding a tranny is pretty rad.
At the risk of sounding like I have some sort of creepy man-crush on the guy, I will stop here. I guess the message Max and others of our kind are trying to convey is this: do what you love. If you don’t love it, don’t complain. Find something that works for you. And above all else: bring a camera and ride your fucking bike.