Max Herridge

Interview with photographer Max Herridge —


1. Who are you and what do you do?
“My name is Max Herridge and I am a 19 year old artist/photographer based in central London. I identify as non-binary and am currently studying at University of the Arts London. English Literature, History and graphic Design were my favourite subjects at school, but now my interests lie mainly with photography and book binding. I love the art of creating a book presenting work, whether that work be literary or photographic.



2. How do you work and approach your subject?
My workflow is rather disrupted. I’ll be doing paid client work for a while and tend to lose sight of my own photographic style. Then all of a sudden, I will have a huge creative boost and produce a lot of highly creative work that I really love. If I end up despising this work, I usually head straight back to client work. It’s a vicious cycle, but one that I think is as uplifting as it is damaging.




3. What are your favorite subject(s) and media(s)?
At the moment, I am working on an extended project documenting LGBTQIA+ couples across London. I am shooting the whole project on 35mm film and am looking to make it into a book or exhibition by the middle of next year. Its been really rewarding so far and I’ve made some great friends along the way – I am always on the lookout for new couples to feature, so if you read this and are in a LGBTQIA+ relationship, drop me a line! It is open to any relationship where one or both partners identify anywhere on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum.



4. Who is your favorite photographer(s)?
My favourite photographers are David Uzochukwu, Cole Sprouse, Rosie Matheson and Alessio Albi. I also love the work of the people on my university course – whatever they create and whatever our brief, it is amazing, inspiring and true pieces of artwork.



5. What are the best responses you have had to your work?
The fact that people want to pay for my work at all, is amazing, as well as being invited to write interviews for magazines, etc. One of the best moments was having my image posted by Years & Years on their Instagram, which sounds incredibly materialistic, and it is.



6. What do you like about your work?
I enjoy how easily my work can come to me and how difficult it comes to me at the same time.



7. What advice would you give to other artist/photographers?
Advice I would give to artist/photographers starting out is to approach everyone. If you like something, tell them. If you see an opportunity, take it, even if it is not what you want to be doing. Make a life for yourself; no-one else is going to make your career happen except for you. However if you’re much like me and don’t like to approach people face-to-face, start working with your friends and people you trust; build up your work from there and get excited about something.



8. Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
In 5 or 10 years time, I would like to see myself married and comfortably living somewhere that doesn’t revolve around money. Or unmarried, broke and travelling with the love of my life around places she never dared to go.”



Max Herridge





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