Frozen pigeon

My “Scooter Shooter” photographs are observational pictures that I take from a mobility scooter. I create pictures that reflect the world I see from this restricted but also creatively freeing way of travelling around.

There’s quite a difference in perspective, in all sorts of ways, between life viewed on two feet and as experienced from the seat of a mobility scooter: The “Fedora hat” picture below was taken in 2012 as I walked behind a stylish man holding a heavy camera above his head. “Laughter Building”, taken  just a few years later, captures the moment two people held a conversation over my head.

Fedora Hat (taken in 2012 before I developed MND)
Laughter building
Laughter building

Instead of getting frustrated at the invisibility cloak a mobility scooter throws over me, I use it to my advantage to take candid photographs using small cameras. If I am noticed, these days people seem less worried about me taking their picture than when I was on two feet using a large camera.

Mobility Scooter = Invisibility Cloak

I use a scooter because of disability caused by a variant of motor neurone disease (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s in the US) called primary lateral sclerosis. It’s degenerative and life limiting. In every area of my life I’m continually adapting to the changes it imposes. Photographically I now use mirrorless cameras and a Ricoh GR compact instead of heavy full frame gear.

I enjoy exhibiting my work, writing and giving talks and presentations about my experiences. I volunteer time supporting events organised by the neurological charity Movement for Hope and am involved in raising money and awareness for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

I’m co-producer of a project called 26 Miles 4 MND. that is being turned into a book and will be available in 2019.

If you’d like to contact me please get in touch via my email: or just leave a message on this website. Thanks for your interest.

 Exhibitions and events:

  • August – September 2018 – An image and story posted on each of 26 days on Instagram for the 26Miles4MND awareness campaign.
  • 12th to 15th September 2017 – Exhibiton at “Stronger Together”, Tabernacle Arts Centre, Notting Hill, London.
  • April 2017 – Guest speaker at Worcester Visual Arts Meet-Up.
  • 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.

Words and photography on this site © Miles Pilling


11 thoughts on “

  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


  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 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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