INTERVIEW: Scottish cameraman Ewan Cowie returns to skydive over Giza

Ghada Abdel-Kader, Monday 8 Nov 2021

Professional skydiver and photographer Ewan Cowie has returned to Egypt to participate in the skydiving event Jump Like a Pharaoh.

Ewan Cowie
Scottish photographer Ewan Cowie

“Egypt is one of the most fantastic places to skydive and take some incredible pictures to bring the sport to the public eye,” Cowie told Ahram Online.

Cowie, 37, has been a skydiver for 19 years, and has been working as a skydiving photographer for 16.

“In the beginning, photography was my part-time job, then I became a full-time skydiving photographer eight years ago,” Cowie said.

“It is definitely a tough task as a photographer to take photos mid-air. One of the main difficulties is that I do not hold the camera in my hand, I have to attach it to my helmet,” he added.

“One of the most challenging types of photography is taking pictures over great monuments like the pyramids,” he explained. “A skydiver is constantly in motion. I have to move a lot to keep in frame of the pyramids.”

Cowie, a gold, silver, and bronze medallist, has become one of the most recognised skydiving photographers in the world. 

Cowie is part of a team of photographers participating in the skydiving festival Jump Like a Pharaoh, which is taking place in Giza until 7 November. 

“This is the third time for me at festival,” he said.

Cowie took amazing mid-air images of French world champions Greg Crozier and Karine Joly as they dove over the pyramids during last year’s festival.

Crozier and Joly of airwax team flying over the Pyramids (Copyrights Skydive Egypt / Photos: Ewan Cowie)

“It was a spectacular thing visually for us, but very difficult from the photographer’s point of view. The freefall time was 50 seconds – less than five minutes shooting time,” he said. “I was highly stressed, but I felt great reward after I took good pictures.”  

“Some celebrities from France joined Crozier and Joly in skydiving in the incredible jump over the pyramids and shared it with their followers and fans in France,” he said.

Cowie says that carrying heavy camera tools in the air and taking good photos is no easy task, and can sometimes cause problems in the neck if the aerial photographer has a hard opening of his parachute.

“Practice makes everything perfect. I am learning and training myself all the time,” he said.

Cowie has completed over 5,000 jumps in 22 different countries. He has skydived over incredible locations including Giza, Copacabana in Brazil, the Maldives Great Barrier Reef, and Australia.

Joly (L) Cowie (C) Crozier (R), Copyrights Skydive Egypt / Photos: Ewan Cowie

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