About “scooter shooter”

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“I photograph what moves me from the scooter that moves me”

You could say photography has been a part of me from childhood as my father’s darkroom doubled as my bedroom. It’s been in my blood ever since.

I’ve had a successful twenty five year career in stills photography and as a television cameraman but was forced into retirement at the age of 45 when I developed a variant of motor neurone disease.

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“Frozen pigeon”

MND has wrecked my health but not stopped that craving to capture life using the magic boxes we call cameras. The photos I now take are observational images of people and scenes that catch my eye as I roll around on a mobility scooter.

I’ve found that shooting from a scooter gives me a unique perspective and an invisibility I didn’t have when taking photos on two feet – both definite advantages.

“Laughter building”

All the recently taken photos on the Blog part of this site have been shot from my mobility scooter. The blog also contains news of exhibitions and other events that I’m involved with.

The Portfolio page of the site is gradually developing chronologically, starting with pictures taken on foot before I developed MND.

Using the site menu you can also navigate to some great images taken in Venice at a time just after my diagnosis when I moved around the beautiful lagoon with the help of crutches – and strong drugs!

And the name “Scooter Shooter”? Hopefully that’s obvious now 😉

It’s a pleasure to share my photographs with you. I hope you enjoy them all, whether I took them on two feet or from the spinning wheels of my scooter.

11 thoughts on “About “scooter shooter”

  1. Hello Miles, you found the blog where I write about Photography. I think that is what you are looking for and I will not disappoint you as photography is the only topic I discuss.
    I am pleased to know about your blog and intend to be a regular viewer and reader of your thoughts on the subjects you photograph.

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  2. Hi Miles,
    Really like your shots!
    I go around worcester trying to do”street”with mixed results ( I’m a beginer),surprised I’ve not seen you yet.
    Hope to see you at some stage.Regards and Respect.Ian Miller.

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    1. Thanks very much Ian. Can you get to Worcester Arts Workshop during March to see the exhibition? I’m sure we’ll probably end up snapping each other at some point. Appreciate your comment. Miles

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  3. Hello Miles,

    Yesterday morning I logged into Worcester News and focused ,on “Six fabulous pictures…..”

    The lady on the mobility scooter is my mother. RIta Zacchi. After two and a half years living with us here in Ombersley Road and in poor health, Mum passed away aged 85 last Friday evening so you can well imagine the very special impact that photo has made!

    RIghtly concentrating on not mowing anyone down with her scooter, mum was obviously unaware of the eye of the camera. Had she been, she would have smiled her sunny smile and probably shown a shapely leg or two! The family accompanying her seem to be looking your way but made no mention when they returned home here with mum They were visiting from India at the time and indeed Titus – the father- flew over specially two weeks ago to spend time with mum. Some twenty odd year earlier while visiting a school/orphanage in Bangalore she had “adopted” Titus and consequentially paid for his education. Today he is married with two children – as in your photo – and is a successful businessman involved with electroinics. Appreciating the help given to him by mum – and reflecting her kindness – he has gone onto to sponsor the education of three other orphans. IN subsequent years mum returned to India on several occasions with a friend from Malvern – hospice nurse Lorraine Paine – and together they raised money to oversee the building of Help Centres for the poorest of the poor, with a special emphasis on cancer sufferers.

    Mum’s charity work in India ended with the untimely death of Lorraine – from cancer – in 2011 and when her own health was in steady decline having suffered a stroke some years earlier.

    They say every picture tells a story – well, in this case, so very much more. Thankyou Miles for helping mum’s story live on just a little bit longer.

    Louise Rumford.

    PS We will of course be visiting Cafe Bliss!

    PPS. Mum was the widow of an Italian prisoner of war – hence the Zacchi bit. She met dad when he was working on the land in Ombersley where she lived, fell in love and followed him back to Italy at the end of the war – aged just 17. But that’s another story!

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    1. Hello Louise. I am so very moved by your message. Sometimes I wonder who the “real people”and their stories are behind the images of my photographs. The shot of your mother has a wonderfully warm story behind it. Your mother sounds like she was a wonderful lady. I took her expression to be one of determination (from what you have said, she was obviously a very determined lady). It had not occurred to me that Titus and his family were with her either. I would love to give you the framed photograph so please could you contact me on my email which is pilspics64@gmail.com so I can arrange that. Thank you so much for taking the time to send your message. It makes taking my photographs seem very worthwhile if they connect so deeply sometimes as the photograph of your mother has done for you. Please email me and we can arrange for you to have the picture at the end of the exhibition. All best wishes, Miles Pilling

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