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.
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.
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: email@example.com 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