With his father in the Royal Air Force, Brian A Marshall was born in RAF Hospital Ely in 1954 and spent his first five years at RAF Wyton. After a two-year 'holiday' in Singapore from 1960, he has spent the rest of his time living on or around various RAF camps in the United Kingdom. He has gone full circle and has ended up back at RAF Wyton working for the RAF as a Civil Servant until his retirement in June 2012.
On leaving school, he went to work for a firm of Architects and learnt the art of architectural drawing. Having been made redundant from Architecture after seven years, and with his interest in aeroplanes, he put his artistic skills to use and has had numerous aircraft scale drawings, articles and photographs published in various modelling magazines over the years.
In 1980 he joined the Civil Service, starting at RAF Scampton on the Bomber Washing Flight, washing Vulcans. He then moved to RAF Finningley and was first in the Junior Ranks Mess, as a basic food handler and then as an SGB2 Messanger, delivering mail around the station. On the closure of Finningley, he moved to RAF Wyton, working in an Admin Grade. On the 30th June 2012, after 31 years 317 days, he was early retired from the Civil Service
His interest in aviation photography started about the same time as the aircraft scale drawings but the photographs were purely for reference purposes. To draw an aeroplane accurately you need a lot of detail information. Wherever possible Brian would do a walk around of an aircraft photographing as much of the airframe as he could in close up detail.
Unless a new aircraft comes along that needs a detailed walk around, Brian is concentrating more on acquiring photographs containing the whole airframe.
In the past Brian contributed freelance and commissioned artwork for AVIATION NEWS, AIRCRAFT MODELWORLD and the PLASTIC KIT CONSTRUCTOR Magazines and also for HALLAM-VAC and AEROCLUB model making cottage industry firms. These were scale drawings, colour schemes, decal artwork and construction drawings.
His photographs have also been published in CLASSIC WINGS MAGAZINE, AEROPLANE, AIRCRAFT, SCALE AVIATION MODELLER INTERNATIONAL, HAYNES de havilland TIGER MOTH BOOK to name a few.
CURRENT EQUIPMENT USED:
Sony Alpha SLT-A57
Sony 11-18mm Wide Angle & Sony 16-80mm Carl Zeiss lens,
Sony 70-300mm G SSM & Sony 70-400mm G SSM Zoom lens.
A Very Brief Biography