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The Photographer

Born in Solihull in 1984, Andy's passion for aviation began at a very early age. With a ex-fleet air arm grandfather and a house a few hundred metres from the runway at Birmingham International Airport the constant movements and war stories fascinated him and as soon as Andy could read, he was reading about aircraft and visiting museums.

Andy's first airshow was the soon to be no-more RAF Finningley displays of the early 1990's closely followed by the ill-fated IAT 1993 which saw the crash of the Mig-29 duo. In the mid-1990's Andy and his parents began taking camping holidays in Lincolnshire; a location very 'hot' in military aircraft. Here, Andy's primary love of military and warbird aviation sprouted, the camp being two miles from RAF Coningsby; the current home of the RAF fighter fraternity and the BBMF. Soon, Andy began to branch out as he got older attending the NOMAD and other exercises at RAF Waddington where he began to make acquaintances of major players in the hobby.

In 2004; Andy purchased his first DSLR and began concentrating mainly on photography in the hobby; armed with a recently acquired driving licence he began travelling the country with his camera. In 2005; Andy became involved with the major enthusiasts website Fighter Control as a forum moderator; eventually becoming the News Editor in 2006. Whilst no longer on the team, Andy still helps out whenever he can and is a very active member of the community.

With 2005 being Andy's first full photography airshow season; he travelled for the first time to Europe to an airshow and later that year, had his first photo published in the Danish Dakota Society's members magazine.

Since graduating in 2006; Andy has continued to try and improve his photographic technique while at the same time training for a career. Andy now works in local government and tries to spend as much spare time as possible at airfields. Now qualified with a MSc in Real Estate Managment, Andy is has started to spread his wings further and can now be found the other side of the Atlantic on a number of occasions enjoying his photography whilst covering major events for established webzines.

2012 ended with Andy formally joining the staff at UK Airshow Review as a writer and photographer after writing a number of articles for them.

Andy is a aviation photographer here to stay always happy to help out at events and/or give tips to people in the hobby; his photos are always available for use in publications. Andy uses exclusively Nikon Digital SLR's combined with Sigma and Nikkor lenses in his hobby.

His current kit consists of:-

  • Nikon D300s DSLR
  • Nikon D90 DSLR
  • Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED VR
  • Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G IF-ED DX
  • Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 DG OS HSM

Portfolio of Published Work

Articles

  • MCAS Miramar 2010 - UK Airshow Review (link)
  • Farnborough International Airshow 2012 - UK Airshow Review (link)
  • El Paso 'Amigo Airsho' 2012 - UK Airshow Review (link)
  • Wings Over Houston 2012 - UK Airshow Review (link)
  • Dyess AFB, Texas - UK Airshow Review (link)
  • Red Flag 2013-2 at Nellis AFB - UK Airshow Review (link)
  • Green Flag and Nellis AFB - UK Airshow Review (link)
  • NASA Dryden - UK Airshow Review (link)
  • Abingdon Air and Country Show 2013 - UK Airshow Review (link)

Photographs

  • Danish Dakota Society (link to image used)
  • The Week in Pictures, Week 29, July 2010 - UK Airshow Review (link)
  • NAS Lemoore - Strike Fighter Wing Pacific [Mark Forest] - AeroResource.co.uk (link)
  • Edwards AFB - 'Test Pilot' [Mark Forest] - AeroResource.co.uk (link)
  • RAF Halton Microlight Club - RIAT Media Day 2011 (link)
  • The Week in Pictures, Week 29, July 2011 - UK Airshow Review (link)
  • Royal International Air Tattoo 2011 - OV-10B Bronco Demo Team (link)
  • The Week in Pictures, Week 52, December 2011 - UK Airshow Review (link)
  • Abbey Lodge, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire (on display in bar)
  • The Week in Pictures, Week 28, July 2012 - UK Airshow Review (link)
  • The Week in Pictures, Week 40, September 2012 - UK Airshow Review (link)
  • Sheppard AFB [Paul Newbold] - UK Airshow Review (link)
  • The Week in Pictures, Week 5, February 2013 - UK Airshow Review (link)
  • The Week in Pictures, Week 15, April 2013 - UK Airshow Review (link)
  • Dambusters 70th Anniversary [Dan O'Hagan] - UK Airshow Review (link)

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