5. Photography

Photographs and Images

I have taken photographs all my life. Yes, I’m certainly not unique in this, but it does mean that I have an extensive back-catalogue of photographs, both prints/transparencies, and digital images from more recent times. And it’s not just aircraft – I’m happy to photograph just about anything that moves. Much of the writing that I do on contemporary subjects is illustrated with my own photographs. I also have an extensive archive of historical photographs. This is partly my own collection, built-up over the years, and partly shared with other writing and research colleagues. I have a number of friends in Germany, for example, who have access to excellent images of World War Two Luftwaffe aircraft, which are available to me specifically for my writing on that particularly fascinating subject area. My Father similarly has an extensive collection of photographs, including his service in the Royal Air Force, and from his days in the aviation industry.

I travel extensively throughout Europe, photographing historic aircraft and military vehicles and also, where permission is available, contemporary front-line aircraft at their air bases. I have particularly good relations with organisations such as the Military History Institute in the Czech Republic.

Airshow and model show photography is also important. I have had many features published in magazines of these types of events. One of the pleasures of this has been the ability to write on my own ‘home’ model show, the Poole Vikings Model Show – for example in the September 2010 issue of ‘Model Aviation World’ magazine, and in the July 2017 issue of ‘Airfix Model World’ magazine.

I also have a page on 1000aircraftphotos.com – Malcolm’s Photos

MiG-21UM Lowe 01

Two-seat MiG-21UM ‘9332’ during May 2005, at the time of its retirement from the Czech Air Force, photographed at Kbely airfield, on the outskirts of Prague.

Photo by Malcolm V. Lowe
Hispano Buchon M.V.Lowe

I photographed this beauty at the ILA 2010 international air and trade show at Berlin-Schönefeld airport in Germany. The aircraft is actually a Spanish-built Hispano Buchón, civil registered as D-FWME, and converted to resemble a Bf 109G with the addition of a Daimler-Benz DB 605 engine. It is operated by the Messerschmitt Foundation at Manching with support from EADS, and flies as a part of the EADS Heritage Flight.

Photo by Malcolm V. Lowe


Shorts 330 G-BHHU. I photographed this airplane in the early 1990s at Bournemouth when it was chartered to Celtic Airways. I had a memorable flight on the flight deck at that time, I remember flying over Brownsea Island and seeing many of the trees knocked flat (it was only three or so years after the famous big storm of 1987). The poor airplane is no more, having been scrapped around a decade ago.

Photo by Malcolm V. Lowe