My “Scooter Shooter” photographs are observational pictures that I take from a mobility scooter. Embracing the concept of “creative limitation” I try to capture images that reflect the world as seen from this literally limited but creatively freeing perspective.
The two photos below emphasise the difference in perspective between life viewed on two feet and as experienced from three wheels – The first image was taken in 2012 and I walked behind the subject holding a heavy camera above the subjects head. In the second picture a conversation was literally going on above 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 smaller 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’ve also started to sometimes use my phone’s camera clamped to the handlebars of my TravelScoot mobility scooter.
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.
Some exhibitions and events:
- October 2018 – Invited speaker at an event organised by Movement for Hope to raise awareness of neurological issues amongst the next generation of Biomedical Physicists and Engineers.
- August – September 2018 – An image and story posted on each of 26 days on Instagram for the 26Miles4MND awareness project.
- 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