“I photograph what moves me from the scooter that moves me”
In 2014 I was forced into retirement from my 25 year career as a TV cameraman and director after developing a variant of motor neurone disease.
I began my career in photography and continued to take stills photos for pleasure during breaks from TV work. MND has wrecked my health and my career but hasn’t stopped my love of capturing moments of life using the magic boxes we call cameras.
Now I take observational images, mostly of people, from the lightweight mobility scooter I use to get around – Photographs with a unique perspective in more ways than one!
It’s led to me exhibiting my work and being asked to give talks and presentations about my experiences.
A life saver –
Photography has been a gateway to rebuilding my life and contributing something back again after my world was tipped upside down by my illness. It’s helped me to feel whole and a “successful” human being once more. I hope my photographs and some of the the stories behind them will help others to feel the same whatever their circumstances and challenges.
I’ve been told my photography and my talks are inspiring and entertaining. I’m available to show my work, give talks and exhibit. If that is of interest to you, your organisation, event or team please get in touch via my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Exhibited at Neurocreativity for Movement for Hope where the comedian Russell Brand complemented my work – 2016
- Written contributor to the 20th anniversary celebration book of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges – 2016
- Guest speaker at Rewired 2017 at the Royal Geographical Society – March 2017
- Solo exhibition at Worcester Arts Workshop – March and April 2017. Organiser quote: “Our best ever exhibition. It’s attracted so many people to the venue”.
I have been featured on BBC Radio and in newspapers and magazines.
Upcoming event: June 5th to June 10th, 2017 – Exhibiting at “Stronger Together”, Tabernacle Arts Centre, Notting Hill, London
Building community –
Through exhibiting locally, talking about my work and blogging I’ve found a number of my photographs have been the catalyst for communication between the formally anonymous subjects and me the photographer: People have recognised themselves, family, friends or situations they relate to.
Interesting stories behind the people in the pictures have been uncovered. I’ve been told some of the the personal circumstances about the lives of previously anonymous people in my photos and family members have been touched to see their loved ones during “ordinary” everyday moments of their lives of which they previously had no knowledge.
If you would like me to speak and show my work at your event, organisation or gallery space then please email me: email@example.com
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 lovely 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 😉