Between the posts

The Stronger Together exhibition lasted less than a week at The Tabernacle and I sold fourteen framed pictures! That’s a good scoreline by anyone’s standards.

Together with co-exhibitors Sarah Ezekiel and the late David Shaw we have raised over £10,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Of my photos two stood out as being favourites. Each had 3 red dots by the end of the show! No surprise about the first – “Suit Event” – which has always proved a seller, but I was made very happy that “Backhander” – an abstract black and white “street” photograph – was so popular. It’s fuelled me with energy to continue the “abstract street” project I began a while back.

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Backhander

The private view was a fantastic success with some famous names dropping by and buying pictures.

Here’s an (ever so slightly embarrassing) snap of yours truly with Jeremy Vine and Kim Wilde:

Miles, Jeremy Vine and Kim Wilde

and a few more pictures from the evening:

 

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Thank you everybody who helped in so many ways to make Stronger Together the success it was (you know who you are).

I’m now itching to get back out on my TravelScoot taking photographs again and having more adventures.

Watch this space for updates.

Miles 🙂

 

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“Stronger Together”

A date for your diaries –

September 12th to 17th, I will be exhibiting at “Stronger Together” an exhibition raising funds and awareness for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

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This is a really exciting opportunity for me to show a lot of my work including new pictures that have not been exhibited before. If you are in London at the time do pop in and have a look. Better still, bring your wallet and buy some of the exhibits – all the proceeds will go to the fantastic work of the MND Association.

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 might be telling their stories in future posts. Why not click “follow” so you don’t miss them.

See you again soon 🙂

Blowin’ in the wind

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This image was shot from the new mobility scooter I use because of the disability caused by my motor neurone disease (known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease in the US). Sponsorship from Movement for Hope helped me buy a lightweight scooter that’s enabled me to continue roaming the streets with my camera after my old one broke.

Movement for Hope’s aim is “to encourage the advancement of art and science to raise awareness and support for neurological conditions and the full scope of multimedia art.”

They organise events that merge the boundaries of art and science and I’m really excited to have been invited to talk and show my photography as part of their “Rewired: The Brain, Art and Innovation” evening on March 10th at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

As well as downsizing my scooter, over the last year or so I’ve downsized the weight of my camera equipment to compensate for my decreased strength. For this shot I used an Olympus OMD EM1 with the 12-40mm f2.8 pro lens.

Tickets for the REWIRED event can be bought here.

© Miles Pilling