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 🙂

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Child’s play

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© Miles Pilling

Pass me that blackberry

© Miles Pilling

Shot with an Olympus EM5ii, 12-40mm f2.8 pro lens @12mm, iso 100, 1/1000,f6.3

Click on the drop down menu (top right of the page) for links to my “about” story and for many more pictures. Do visit again soon, the site is regularly updated.

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). They are street photographs of moments that catch my attention and are nearly all candid.

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

 

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

Wind swept

wind swept

© 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 from 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 was taken on an Olympus OMD EM1 with 12-40 f2.8 lens

Miles 🙂

dog-leg

crossed

© 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 🙂

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 🙂