Karl Donohoe is a freelance photographer from Athlone, Co.Westmeath who specialises in Aviation photography. My work graces the offices of Airline CEO’s as well as the homes of many senior airline pilots across the globe.
Karl was born and spent his formative years in the UK during the 70’s Cold War period. Back then EE Lightnings, USAFE and RAF F-4 Phantoms (his all-time favourite aircraft), Victor and Vulcan bombers, along with a multitude of other aircraft types, were a regular sight. It was no surprise then that he was to become fascinated by these machines and in aviation in general. One of Karl’s earliest memories is of seeing the Royal Air Force Red Arrows when they were equipped with the Folland Gnat.
After he moved back to Ireland opportunities to see fast jets diminished, but his love of aviation remained. His father took him to a local airfield, Abbeyshrule, which hosted one of the largest air shows in Ireland from the 1970s right up until the early Noughties where he captured many of these events on his less than stellar camera equipment. He also used to visit the Irish Air Spectaculars, which also had some incredible lineups.
He has been fortunate to indulge in his love of aviation and photography over the years, resulting in meeting and becoming friends with many like-minded individuals the world over, whilst capturing many images from home and abroad which he shares on his social media platforms.
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