Venice on drugs….and crutches

At the end of 2013 my life was turned upside down by a diagnosis of motor neurone disease. I couldn’t carry my Canon full frame camera kit anymore because of the weakness I was experiencing. I had to find an alternative if I was to continue taking photographs.

Olympus were making a fanfare about their new lightweight mirrorless cameras, so I took the plunge and bought two!

Soon afterwards I spent a week in Venice putting them through their paces. They lived up to the hype and were a joy to use. Because of the small size and light weight (and with the added help of pain killers and crutches) they helped me get these pictures.

Why not make yourself a cup of Italian coffee, sit back and enjoy – Click on the pictures to enter a scrollable light-box.

All photographs © Miles Pilling

All photographs © Miles Pilling

For the gear-heads –

I had an Olympus OMD EM1 with the 12-40mm “pro” 2.8 lens on a black rapid strap at my side and an Olympus OMD EM5 with a Panasonic 35-100mm f2.8 zoom on a strap around my neck. It was a fantastic travel photography combination for somebody who was using crutches like myself.

I’ve since bought the bigger and heavier Olympus 40-150mm 2.8. It is a beautiful lens and helps create beautiful images but it’s too heavy for me so I’m going to keep the Panasonic. That lens really is a feat of engineering brilliance – crisp clear shots, extremely lightweight, weatherproof, with internal zooming and a fixed 2.8 aperture!