Eric Hendrikx is Action Sports Editor of REVOLVER Magazine. He studied photography composition and film development while completing his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Anthropology, ultimately seeking to become more like Indiana Jones. Hendrikx’s action sports and music photography work has been published in Rolling Stone, Playboy, Transworld, InsideHook, Adventure Sports Network, REVOLVER and more.
“As consummate writer, I find the most paramount action sports images are the ones that tell a compelling story — a photograph that you can gaze at and visualize the beforehand, the now, and the after,” says Hendrikx. “But also a tale that unfolds the more you connect with it. If the viewer sees the image, immediately gets it, and walks away — the photographer has failed to captivate.”
As Hendrikx explains it, some of the key elements of masterful photography include shooting wide enough so that the viewer feels as if he could step into the world created and play a role in its landscape. “Juxtaposition and inclusion of human subjects for scale and emotional connection are critical to relatability in action sports,” says Hendrikx. “And underexposing an image so that the viewer must dig deeper to discover its real treasures is often a photographer’s best-kept secret.”