Photography springing into life

Spring brought a flurry of activity for me including a six-week solo exhibition and a presentation at the Royal Geographical Society about my helter-skelter ride from being a BBC news cameraman and director to an unpaid street photographer who takes photos from a light weight mobility scooter.

Miles on stage Rewired2017
from BBC cameraman to Scooter Shooter

The talk was part of Rewired 2017 for Movement for Hope who create art-science events supporting research and people with neurological conditions (click here for a “The Lancet” review of Rewired).

It’s not the only public speaking that I’ve been asked to do this spring. While my solo exhibition was at Worcester Arts Workshop I was asked to give a talk for the Worcester Visual Arts Meetup. It was nice doing that surrounded by my photography on the walls. There’s something very special about seeing your photos printed, framed and up on a gallery wall – so much more satisfying than pixel peeping on a monitor!

Miles talking at WAW for Worcester Visual Arts Neetup
speaking at Worcester Visual Arts Meetup

The six weeks of the exhibition were truly memorable for me – From the sheer number of people from all walks of my life who came to the opening night and the fantastic response the pictures seemed to have, to the friendliness of the Worcester Arts Workshop / Café Bliss staff, to the support of my great friends who hung the pictures for me because my MND wracked body made it impossible for me to do so. Thanks so much everyone – you know who you are!!!

A few people who couldn’t get to the exhibition have asked me to show the photos online so here they are in the order they were up on the wall:

(Click on the first thumbnail to enter a light box gallery – all pictures © Miles Pilling).

All but the first of the 17 photographs were taken in Worcester (which is a fairly small Cathedral city) so I was apprehensive about the reaction if local people recognised themselves in the candid images. In the event, several people were recognised and in every case there was a very positive response! It was really very heart warming as in the process I found out who some of the previously anonymous people in my photos were.

The reactions made me think that maybe the vast majority of people are quite OK about being photographed candidly as long as the pictures “are respectful of their subjects” as one visitor remarked mine are.

So now I know the background to some of the people in these photos, I’ll be telling their stories in future posts. Why not click “follow” so you don’t miss them….and one other thing  – whatever your life circumstances, grab a camera, get out there and take some photos!

See you again soon 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Photography springing into life

  1. I’m so glad you are getting to show your photos. I understand what you mean about having them printed and on the wall. I have more than a few of my Venice photos from years past (one even printed on canvas) on the wall of my living room. Yes, it does make a difference to looking at them on a screen.
    Although lately I’ve been checking my email and looking at blogs on my phone there are a few, like yours, that I save and view on the larger screen of my laptop.
    Great about getting to know about some of the people. I’m always hesitant of taking photos of people because I feel I should be asking permission but when I do they often “ham” it up like a couple of the pictures on my blog from my most recent visit to Venice. At least my friend Max after first hamming it up would behave and sit for a decent picture.
    I’ve had a little health setback (in my most recent blog post) but I’m getting on with life. My setback is minor compared to what you’ve been dealing with for years.
    Take care my friend. Abbracci e baci. Michelle

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    1. Hi Michelle
      I was really happy to see that you were blogging again after returning from your Venice trip but very upset for you about the health setback that you mentioned in the post. I know from your positive attitude that you will make the best of what ever situation you find yourself in (but also imagine, like most of us, there are difficult times that don’t make it online!). I think of you whenever I am reminded of Venice and always enjoy reading your blog and looking at your images.
      I got to know a bit about quite a few of the people in the photos from my local exhibition but one image in particular seemed to have some amazing synchronicity or coincidences. I will tell all in a future blog post, but it really was quite incredible and poignant and happily brought a family happiness during a difficult time….now that’s wetted your appetite to know more I hope. Take care. Even though we have never met I think of you and hope you are doing OK. Miles 🙂

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      1. We will meet someday, Miles. It happened with other blog friends and I have a feeling it will happen with us.
        And, yes, you have wetted my appetite to know more. You are correct that the bad times don’t make it into the blog. I don’t use it as a place to rant or whine.
        Take care, my friend.

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