The winner of Heathrow Airport’s February #AvGeek of the Month is Rocco Bolandrini.
We caught up with Rocco to find out more about his passion for aviation and shared a selection of his spectacular photos for you to enjoy!
Name: Rocco Bolandrini
Age: 14 years old
Location: I am half Danish and half Italian, however I was born and brought up in the UK.
Aviation enthusiast, spotter or photographer? Or all 3? I am mostly an aviation photographer and aviation enthusiast as I love to create a piece of art with my photographs.
What first interested you in aviation?/Why are you an #AvGeek?
Well, I have been interested in aviation for as long as I can remember, almost since I was 4 years old. I think what really enticed me into the aviation world was my frequency in travelling. I remember challenging my mum about the different types of planes and if she could name them or not!
When I was 9 years old I received my first flight simulator which was “X-Plane 10” – I would get home from school and hop straight onto the X-Plane and since then I have gained more and more knowledge in aviation. However my passion really took off in 2015 when I bought my first camera, a “Nikon D3200”.
I would always visit Heathrow Airport to take photos of aircraft and post them on my Instagram account. As I look back at the history of my account, it’s great to see my improvement in photography and knowledge in aviation.
My mum has played a huge role in my aviation experience as she has supported me so much and would always be willing to take me to the airport so I could take photographs (even if it was 4:30am!) so I really have her to thank.
What do you love most about coming to Heathrow?
What I love about visiting Heathrow is meeting other aviation photographers from around the world and sharing our passion. Back in 2016, I met Imran from Av1ation who has really supported me throughout my time on Instagram till this day and we still keep in touch now. I also love visiting Heathrow to capture new aircraft.
But my overall favourite aspect in photography is editing the photos and making it a creative piece of art. Heathrow is really an avgeek’s paradise!
Check out a selection of Rocco’s amazing shots!
Favourite aircraft livery at Heathrow?
My favourite aircraft livery at Heathrow would have to be the the Etihad livery on the Airbus A380. I find the livery photogenic, especially the tail design – overall the livery is beautiful!
Social media accounts?
Well my focus at the moment is my Instagram account @Aviation_Photography_RMB however I also have a website – www.Aviation-Photography-RMB.com
When I created my Instagram account 4 years ago, I thought it would involve me posting photos with around 60-100 followers… little did I know what it would become and the level of impact it would have on my life and how much I would enjoy it! Here I am today with over 8200 followers which just blows my mind!
I’ve already had a few major airlines such as British Airways, Air Canada and Ryanair which have requested to use my photographs. This is an awesome feeling and makes me feel very proud as I enjoy bringing photos to life.
Any tips for other #AvGeeks?
- No matter your skill level in aviation photography, keep going and keep improving.
- Don’t give up and always put in the effort. Look at other accounts that inspire you and try get some inspiration.
- You can use apps such as Flight radar24 which is an app that displays arriving and departing flights.
- Plan ahead of time e.g. check weather applications so you can prepare for your day.
- Always set new goals and challenges.
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