“scooter shooter”

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“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.

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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.

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Laughter building

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: pilspics64@gmail.com

Recent events:

  • 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: Stronger Together posterJune 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.

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The late Rita Zaachi and her “adoptive” family

If you would like me to speak and show my work at your event, organisation or gallery space then please email me: pilspics64@gmail.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 😉

11 thoughts on ““scooter shooter”

  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

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  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 pilspics64@gmail.com 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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