Max Lowe – Beyond the Edge

Before I could walk, I was taken into the wilderness and packed along on adventures across the globe. From my home in the mountains of Montana to Antarctica, Nepal and Mongolia, I have been witness to extraordinary moments, wildlife, people and places. It was from these experiences that stemmed my drive to traverse this world, and capture moments among my experience through the camera.
An early interest in journalism and influences of natural documentary, adventure photography and a close relationship with my environment have all shaped my perspective and continue to inform my aesthetic as an artist.
Photography is not an end in itself. It takes me to incredible places and shows me a view that I might have missed entirely were I not looking through the lens of my camera. I am intrigued by the intricate and unique worlds that each individual inhabits and I strive to weave into each of my images a static sense of time and place specific to that.
As a photographer, I continue to travel to far reaches of the world, play with premier athletes and document renowned musicians. But the most rewarding part of my journey has been the incredible people I have met along the way. I strive to always play a part in the world around me, and my camera allows me a unique view and the impetus to capture it.

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Utah by Dirt: The Ultimate Adventure Road Trip

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Errant rays of light cut the dark forest floor as the afternoon sun lay heavy over the hills below Mount Baker, Washington. The hand-crafted trail sheared methodically through the dense forest undergrowth, snaking ribbon-like through the otherwise thick green carpet of verdure and deadfall. Like a ghost in his full-face mask, Micah Evangelista emerged from the…

Exploring the Cold Coast: Sounds and Sailing in Seattle – Dispatch #3

The horn blast sounded long and deep, resonating through the thick fog that encompassed our small sailboat. A huge cargo tanker bound for Seattle’s port was out there in the mist somewhere beyond what our eyes could detect. Its position was only notable to us by the GPS unit we watched earnestly from behind the…

Exploring the Cold Coast: The Adventure Begins

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Navigating Baja: Surrounded by Seas – Dispatch #6

What had been a slight swelling in the sea suddenly kicked up into a glassy wall of water overtaking the horizon line and cresting in white as it gained speed and proximity to the shoreline. The surfer turned with a single smooth pivot of board and body. He propelled himself with two strokes into the…

Navigating Baja – Dispatch #1

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Even the insects in their silence seemed to know that 4 a.m. was not the time to be up and about, but there we were waking up again before the sun had even blinked an eye. As the morning stars flickered through the pine forest canopy over our campsite, we quickly made breakfast, packed up…

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In most every adrenaline sport, there is some exposure to the possibility of death as a result of participation. Watching friends Noah Clarke, Mike Dembek, and Dylan Laymen riding longboards off the pass on the Beartooth Highway, the highest paved highway in the Northern Rocky Mountains, seemed like the far side of that risk spectrum.…