Through The Lens

Paul Merritt

1. How did you get into aviation photography?

For me, aviation and photography started off as two different hobbies several years apart. My passion for aviation must have started when my age was a single digit as my grandparents gifted me the 1960 edition of the Eagle New Book of Aircraft for Christmas 1961, I was aged 9. In regard to photography, my father was an amateur photographer and he encouraged me to get involved by giving me a very basic bakelite film camera when I was about age 11. Aviation and photography joined forces during the late 1960s after I joined the Air Training Corps (ATC). By then I had bought a motorcycle and upgraded my camera to something that was capable of producing a reasonable image and started heading off to the odd flying display during the English summer.

2. Why aviation photography?

The greater of the two passions was aviation and as a young Air Cadet I wanted to join the RAF and naturally wanted to be a fighter pilot, but unfortunately my eyesight let me down. Although this was a bitter blow my passions had evolved to aviation and photography, so aviation photography became a natural progression.

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