Through The Lens

Robbie Mathieson

How did you get into aviation photography?

Photography is something that I’ve been interested in ever since getting my first digital camera as a present for my 10th birthday back in 2003. While on layovers in Hong Kong & Singapore in 2009 & 2010 respectively, I took some photos of huge aircraft such as A380’s and 747’s. In 2010, I flew on an A380 for the first time, and this is what really got me into aviation. I just couldn’t believe that something as big as that was able to get off the ground. I would occasionally get the bus to Adelaide Airport and do some plane spotting in the school holidays and also before flights when going on holiday, before I started getting more into it in early 2014 after passing my driving test.

Why aviation photography?

As I mentioned previously, I have been interested in photography since I was a child. In my younger years, I was more interested in photographing ships and ferries, and to an extent that is something l am still interested in, however in the last 10 years or so, I have found myself taking considerably more photos of aircraft. The social aspect of aviation photography is also something that I really enjoy and I’m lucky enough to have made several good friends through it. There’s not much better than spending a few hours sitting at the side of the runway with some good mates, camera in hand talking absolute rubbish.

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