Cristian Schrik (1980, Groningen, the Netherlands) is a professional aviation photographer with a passion for air-to-air photography: Capturing aircraft in the sky from the sky.
As a child Cristian has always been fascinated by aircraft, with in general military aircraft, and could regularly be found at Leeuwarden Air Base near his home town. So the fact that he applied for a job with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) wasn’t a coincidence.
He joined the RNLAF in 2002, and graduated as an F-16 mechanic. That he is creative and takes beautiful images does not stay unnoticed in the Air Force.
Cristian is asked to send in his images for the use in official publications by the RNLAF.
The photographer is starting to get the hang of this and is ready for a new challenge…
”How would it be to photograph an aircraft from another aircraft in flight?” he wonders.
While standing in the back of a C-130 Hercules with the ramp-door open at 9.000ft photographing aircraft in flight he knows: this is it! In 2010 he shoots his first air-to-air assignment for the Royal Norwegian Air Force, and there are a lot more to follow…
Cristian has flown in, and photographed various military aircraft including fast-jets, tanker/transport and helicopters from Estonia, Belgium, Denmark, NATO, the Netherlands, Hungary, Norway, Slovenia, Spain and the United States of America. He is very proud of the fact that the Dutch, Danish, Estonian and Norwegian Air Force, Spanish Army and the United States Navy are using his images as promotion material. He submits his images to well known worldwide aviation magazines such as Combat Aircraft Monthly.
Moreover, Cristian is also a good writer, so he is able to deliver a full article with images and a matching text.
To get to know more and more about photographing techniques, Cristian studied photography at the photo academy and graduated as a professional photographer.