“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.

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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.

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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 🙂

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© Miles Pilling

The photographs on my website, Scooter Shooter, are all shot from the mobility scooter I use because of disability caused by motor neurone disease (known as ALS in the US).

This was shot on an Olympus OMD EM1, 12-40mm f2.8 pro lens @ 26mm, iso 200, 1/1000, f7

Click on the menu links for my “about” story and many more pictures. Do visit again soon, the site is regularly updated.

My other site, Mindful Photos, contains photography that I’ve tried to approach mindfully and explores how slowing down because of illness has, in some ways, been a blessing that’s rekindled my “beginners eye” for life.

You can find it at http://www.mindfulphotos.org

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© Miles Pilling

After years as a roaming photographic biped, these days I take most of my photos from a mobility scooter. I’m disabled after developing motor neurone disease, but I’m determined that won’t stop me enjoying my passion for capturing life through a lens.

Click on the links in the menus for my story and more of my pictures, and do visit again soon. The site is regularly updated.

 This candid was taken on an Olympus OMD EM1 with 12-40mm f2.8  lens 1/1000 sec, f7 at iso 200 

Thanks for looking.

Miles.

Frozen pigeon

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In the small Cathedral City where I live, I often see people feeding pigeons and seagulls in the city centre. The birds are viewed by many as a nuisance and there have been schemes such as poisoning the eggs and introducing birds of prey to cut down their numbers. However, a small group with kind intentions like to make sure they have enough to eat.

By the time I’d got my scooter into position to photograph this kindly lady her bag was just about empty, I’d noticed a pigeon from the corner of my eye hoping for some last tasty bird seed morsel and as it flew into shot I pressed the shutter. The camera was on single shot mode. I really did time it just right!

As the bag says – “frozen” for posterity.

– After years as a roaming photographic biped, these days I take most of my pictures from a mobility scooter. I’m disabled after developing motor neurone disease, but I’m determined it won’t stop me enjoying my passion for capturing life through a lens.

Please click on the pages in the site menus for some background info’ on the Scooter Shooter project. There are also more pictures that are in light-box galleries, and do visit again soon. The site is regularly updated. Thanks for your interest 🙂

This picture was taken with a Sony A7 and Zeiss 35mm f2.8 prime lens – 1/500th sec. at f8.

Words and images © Miles Pilling

“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.”
– Henri Cartier-Bresson

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I was interested in the morning light falling through a side window onto the landscape painting on the wall in the pub when a fellow mobility scooter user happened to pass through the frame. To me it adds poignancy to the photo. There’s an ironic disconnection between the two people in the shot – they are unaware of each other but we are aware of them and seconds after I pressed the shutter they moved into each others view.

The sunlit picture of rolling hills hanging on the wall in the pub at a slight angle and in a rather shabby picture frame seems like a distant fantasy. To me there is a sense of symbolism in the photo, much of which came together spontaneously as I took the photograph.

After years as a roaming photographic biped, these days I take most of my photos from a mobility scooter or propped up using a crutch as a monopod. I’m disabled after developing motor neurone disease, but I’m determined that won’t stop me enjoying my passion for capturing life through a lens. I hope you enjoy my photos too.

Click on the pages in the site menus for my background and more of my pictures, and do visit again soon. The site is regularly updated.

This candid was taken on an Olympus OMD EM1 with 12-40mm f2.8 lens at f5, 1/320, iso 320

“more where these come from….”

more where these come from

© Miles Pilling

After years as a roaming photographic biped, these days I take most of my photos from a mobility scooter. I’m disabled after developing motor neurone disease, but I’m determined that won’t stop me enjoying my passion for capturing life through a lens.

Click on the pages in the site menus for my story and more of my pictures, and do visit again soon. The site is regularly updated.

 This candid was taken on an Olympus OMD EM1 with 12-40mm f2.8  lens at 1/60, f5.6 and iso 2500 (It was very much a grab it and get away shot! I do hope the dogs are OK.)

Miles 🙂

Bag for life

bag for life

© Miles Pilling

It’s just become law in England that you have to pay for disposable plastic bags from shops, so now it’s common to see people encumbered with many “bags for life” – quite often more than we actually need!

This blog is a record of some of the photographs I have taken since being diagnosed with a type of motor neurone disease (known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease in the US).

I’m disabled, but am determined MND won’t stop me enjoying my passion for capturing life through a lens. So, after years of wearing out my shoes walking with heavy cameras, these days I take most of my photos from a mobility scooter with small Olympus micro four third kit.

Click on the pages in the site menus for my story and more of my pictures, and do visit again soon. The site is regularly updated.

This image was taken on 4 wheels with an Olympus OMD EM5 ii and a 17mm f1.8 lens – 400th sec, f4.5, iso 2500 (it’s been very dark and gloomy here!). I’ve begun to experiment with a 34mm equivalent prime and zooming with my wheels – much as I used to with my feet – instead of relying on a conspicuous zoom lens. 

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Colours of life

© Miles Pilling

I loved the lines and colours in this moment. To me there’s also something a little bit cartoonish about the way the subjects are walking and the “timelessness” of their clothing. It’s like a single frame taken from an animation.

laughter building

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© Miles Pilling

The photographer, Miles Pilling has motor neurone disease and takes pictures from a mobility scooter.

“Scooter Shooter” is supporting 26 Miles 4 MND – a photography based campaign raising awareness of MND / ALS and creating much-needed funding for the Motor Neurone Disease Association – the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning.

You can help – Donate directly on our Just Giving Page or donate by text: Text ‘mmnd99 £5.00‘ (or whatever you can afford) to 70070 

Have a look at the 26Miles4MND blog here: http://twentysixmiles.co.uk/

Thank you 🙂

hear no evil see no e.v.i.l

finger

E.V.I.L = electronic viewfinder interchangeable lens – the type of mirrorless camera that I use 😉

© Miles Pilling

The photographer, Miles Pilling has motor neurone disease and takes pictures from a mobility scooter.

“Scooter Shooter” is supporting 26 Miles 4 MND – a photography based campaign raising awareness of MND / ALS and creating much-needed funding for theMotor Neurone Disease Association – the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning.

You can help – Donate directly on our Just Giving Page or donate by text: Text ‘mmnd99 £5.00‘ (or whatever you can afford) to 70070 

Have a look at the 26Miles4MND blog here: http://twentysixmiles.co.uk/

Thank you 🙂

barging past

barging past

© Miles Pilling

The photographer, Miles Pilling has motor neurone disease and takes pictures from a mobility scooter.

“Scooter Shooter” is supporting 26 Miles 4 MND – a photography based campaign raising awareness of MND / ALS and creating much-needed funding for theMotor Neurone Disease Association – the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning.

You can help – Donate directly on our Just Giving Page or donate by text: Text ‘mmnd99 £5.00‘ (or whatever you can afford) to 70070 

Have a look at the 26Miles4MND blog here: http://twentysixmiles.co.uk/

Thank you 🙂

off the grid

off the grid

© Miles Pilling

The photographer, Miles Pilling has motor neurone disease and takes pictures from a mobility scooter.

“Scooter Shooter” is supporting 26 Miles 4 MND – a photography based campaign raising awareness of MND / ALS and creating much-needed funding for theMotor Neurone Disease Association – the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning.

You can help – Donate directly on our Just Giving Page or donate by text: Text ‘mmnd99 £5.00‘ (or whatever you can afford) to 70070 

Have a look at the 26Miles4MND blog here: http://twentysixmiles.co.uk/

Thank you 🙂

they’re behind you!

it's behind you

© Miles Pilling

The photographer, Miles Pilling has motor neurone disease and takes pictures from a mobility scooter.

“Scooter Shooter” is supporting 26 Miles 4 MND – a photography based campaign raising awareness of MND / ALS and creating much-needed funding for theMotor Neurone Disease Association – the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning.

You can help – Donate directly on our Just Giving Page or donate by text: Text ‘mmnd99 £5.00‘ (or whatever you can afford) to 70070 

Have a look at the 26Miles4MND blog here: http://twentysixmiles.co.uk/

Thank you 🙂

lost you there for a second

lost you there

© Miles Pilling

The photographer, Miles Pilling has motor neurone disease and takes pictures from a mobility scooter.

“Scooter Shooter” is supporting 26 Miles 4 MND – a photography based campaign raising awareness of MND / ALS and creating much-needed funding for the Motor Neurone Disease Association; the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning.

You can help – Donate directly on our Just Giving Page or donate by text: Text ‘mmnd99 £5.00‘ (or whatever you can afford) to 70070 

Have a look at the 26Miles4MND blog here: http://twentysixmiles.co.uk/

Thank you 🙂

discussion point

discussion point

© Miles Pilling

The photographer, Miles Pilling has motor neurone disease and takes pictures from a mobility scooter.

“Scooter Shooter” is supporting 26 Miles 4 MND – a photography based campaign raising awareness of MND / ALS and creating much-needed funding for the Motor Neurone Disease Association; the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning.

You can help – Donate directly on our Just Giving Page or donate by text: Text ‘mmnd99 £5.00‘ (or whatever you can afford) to 70070 

Have a look at the 26Miles4MND blog here: http://twentysixmiles.co.uk/

Thank you 🙂

concrete helter skelter

helter skelter

© Miles Pilling

The photographer, Miles Pilling has motor neurone disease.

“Scooter Shooter” is supporting 26 Miles 4 MND – a photography based campaign raising awareness of MND / ALS and creating much-needed funding for the Motor Neurone Disease Association; the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning.

You can help – Donate directly on our Just Giving Page or donate by text: Text ‘mmnd99 £5.00‘ (or whatever you can afford) to 70070 

Have a look at the 26Miles4MND blog here: http://twentysixmiles.co.uk/

Thank you 🙂

shared expressions

shared expressions

© Miles Pilling

The photographer, Miles Pilling has motor neurone disease.

“Scooter Shooter” is supporting 26 Miles 4 MND – a photography based campaign raising awareness of MND / ALS and creating much-needed funding for the Motor Neurone Disease Association; the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning.

You can help – Donate directly on our Just Giving Page or donate by text: Text ‘mmnd99 £5.00‘ (or whatever you can afford) to 70070 

Have a look at the 26Miles4MND blog here: http://twentysixmiles.co.uk/

Thank you 🙂

Dancing for his life

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© Miles Pilling

The photographer, Miles Pilling has motor neurone disease.

“Scooter Shooter” is supporting 26 Miles 4 MND – a photography based campaign raising awareness of MND / ALS and creating much-needed funding for the Motor Neurone Disease Association; the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning.

You can help – Donate directly on our Just Giving Page or donate by text: Text ‘mmnd99 £5.00‘ (or whatever you can afford) to 70070 

Have a look at the 26Miles4MND blog here: http://twentysixmiles.co.uk/

Thank you 🙂

passed life

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© Miles Pilling

The photographer, Miles Pilling has motor neurone disease.

“Scooter Shooter” is supporting 26 Miles 4 MND – a photography based campaign raising awareness of MND / ALS and creating much-needed funding for the Motor Neurone Disease Association; the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning.

You can help – Donate directly on our Just Giving Page or donate by text: Text ‘mmnd99 £5.00‘ (or whatever you can afford) to 70070 

Have a look at the 26Miles4MND blog here: http://twentysixmiles.co.uk/

Thank you 🙂

hidden plant life

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The photographer, Miles Pilling has motor neurone disease.

“Scooter Shooter” is supporting 26 Miles 4 MND – a photography based campaign raising awareness of MND / ALS and creating much-needed funding for the Motor Neurone Disease Association; the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning.

Please see the main “26 Miles” site here, you can donate directly on our Just Giving Page or donate by text: Text ‘mmnd99 £5.00 (or whatever you can afford) to 70070 

Thank you 🙂

ice cream and stare

ice cream

© Miles Pilling

The photographer, Miles Pilling has motor neurone disease.

“Scooter Shooter” is supporting 26 Miles 4 MND – a photography based campaign raising awareness of MND and creating much-needed funding for the Motor Neurone Disease Association; the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning.

Go to the main “26 Miles” site here, donate directly on our Just Giving Page or donate by text: Text ‘mmnd99 £5.00‘ (or whatever you can afford) to 70070 

Thank you 🙂

where have all the people gone?

where are all the people?

© Miles Pilling

Scooter Shooter is part of 26Miles4MND – a photography based campaign aimed at raising awareness of MND and much needed funding for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Find out the 26Miles4MND news, up and coming events and behind the scenes gossip on the 26Miles4MND Facebook page and 26Miles4MND Twitter feed

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playing with tiles

tetris

© Miles Pilling

Scooter Shooter is part of 26Miles4MND – a photography based campaign aimed at raising awareness of MND and much needed funding for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Find out the 26Miles4MND news, up and coming events and behind the scenes gossip on the 26Miles4MND Facebook page and 26Miles4MND Twitter feed

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“jewellers”

jewellers

© Miles Pilling

Scooter Shooter is part of 26Miles4MND – a photography based campaign aimed at raising awareness of MND and much needed funding for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Find out the 26Miles4MND news, up and coming events and behind the scenes gossip on the 26Miles4MND Facebook page and 26Miles4MND Twitter feed

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tea for two

tea for two

© Miles Pilling

Scooter Shooter is part of 26Miles4MND – a photography based campaign aimed at raising awareness of MND and much needed funding for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Find out the 26Miles4MND news, up and coming events and behind the scenes gossip on the 26Miles4MND Facebook page and 26Miles4MND Twitter feed

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sartorial gent outside suit event

sartorial gent outside the suit event

© Miles Pilling

Scooter Shooter is part of 26Miles4MND – a photography based campaign aimed at raising awareness of MND and much needed funding for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Find out the 26Miles4MND news, up and coming events and behind the scenes gossip on our “26 Miles” BLOG and on the 26Miles4MND Facebook page and 26Miles4MND Twitter feed

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window to the world

window to the world

© Miles Pilling

Scooter Shooter is part of 26Miles4MND – a photography based campaign aimed at raising awareness of MND and much needed funding for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Find out the 26Miles4MND news, up and coming events and behind the scenes gossip on the 26Miles4MND Facebook page and 26Miles4MND Twitter feed

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looking up – contacts

Looking up - contacts

© Miles Pilling

Scooter Shooter is part of 26Miles4MND – a photography based campaign aimed at raising awareness of MND and much needed funding for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Find out the 26Miles4MND news, up and coming events and behind the scenes gossip on the 26Miles4MND Facebook page and 26Miles4MND Twitter feed

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bookends

bookends

© Miles Pilling

Scooter Shooter is part of 26Miles4MND – a photography based project aiming to raise awareness of MND and much needed funding for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

You can find out much more on the 26Miles4MND Facebook page and 26Miles4MND Twitter feed

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hands up!

hands up

© Miles Pilling

Scooter Shooter is a part of the project 26Miles4MND that is helping raise awareness of MND and funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Find out more on the 26Miles4MND Facebook page and here at the 26Miles4MND Twitter feed

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sweet novelties

sweet novelties

© Miles Pilling

Scooter Shooter is a part of the project 26Miles4MND that is helping raise awareness of MND and funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Find out more on the 26Miles4MND Facebook page and here at the 26Miles4MND Twitter feed

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