From photo walking to scooter shooting

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Frozen pigeon

I take nearly all of my photographs from the seat of a mobility scooter as I am disabled by a variant of motor neurone disease.

In 2014 MND caused me to retire after 20 years working as a TV cameraman and director. I was 46. The diagnosis is life limiting and has virtually stopped me from walking but in an interesting way it’s fuelled my love of photography and brought my creativity full circle.

I began my working life as a newspaper photographer and during my TV career I spent much of my time off walking city streets taking photos for pleasure (Fedora Hat below is one of my favourites from that time). Instead of walking, now I go out on my scooter often taking two small cameras with a prime lens each and capturing any scenes that I find interesting. I find working like this gives me a unique perspective literally and creatively.

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Fedora Hat (taken in 2012 before I developed MND)

Because of my decreased strength I use lightweight mirrorless cameras and sometimes a Ricoh GR compact. I also have a very portable mobility scooter called a TravelScoot. If I am noticed people seem to feel less intimidated than when I was on two feet pointing a large camera at them!

Mobility Scooter = Invisibility Cloak

I enjoy exhibiting my work, writing and giving talks and presentations about my experiences. I’m also involved in raising money and awareness for neurological organisations and disability issues generally. I’ve been told that what I have to say is inspiring.

If you’d like to contact me please get in touch via my email: scootershooterpics@gmail.com

 Recent events:

  • 12th to 15th September 2017 – Exhibiton at “Stronger Together”, Tabernacle Arts Centre, Notting Hill, London.
  • March and April 2017 – Solo exhibition at Worcester Arts Workshop. Organiser quote –  “One of our best ever exhibitions. It’s attracted so many people to the venue”.
  • March 2017 – Guest speaker for “Rewired” at the Royal Geographical Society. Rewired is an innovative Art / Science event created by Movement for Hope.
  • 2016 – Contributor to the 20th anniversary celebration book of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.
  • 2016 – Exhibited at Neurocreativity for Movement for Hope where the comedian Russell Brand was a guest at the private view.
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Laughter building

All words and photography on this site © Miles Pilling

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