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

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driven to abstraction

In 2014 (while I could still just about get around with crutches) I captured this image of a lady in Venice who looked like she’d joined in a conversation with two figures in a street mural:

Street conversation

I really liked how she seemed to have become part of the painting giving her an abstract anonymity.

Here are a couple more photos from the trip with the same kind of feeling:

Glass street sculpture

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I’ve been exploring this theme closer to home more recently. While driving around on my mobility scooter I’ll look out for scenes where humans merge with the urban landscape almost becoming abstract objects themselves.

These were taken on a cold morning this December….

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…and early morning sunlight shining through condensation at a bus stop created these lovely patterns and shapes making this figure very anonymous.

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Being forced to use a mobility scooter to get around because of my disability can make me feel anonymous but having a camera with me drives me on giving each trip much more of a sense of purpose.

It’s a pleasure to share what I see from my wheels with you!

© Miles Pilling

Five smoking images

Since it was made illegal to smoke inside public buildings smokers have become easy prey for street photographers. They tend to stay still and are lost in thought whilst enjoying their nicotine kick so don’t notice cameras pointing at them. Here are five smoking street shots that I’ve taken over the last five years – pun intended 😉

In fact only the above image is a candid. In all the others I was noticed. It’s also the only shot of the set that I took from my mobility scooter.

Smoking backgammon player in a Greek Cypriot cafe.

I was walking with crutches on a lunch break from work and grabbed this image of a man also on his work break.

Taken in the days when I could walk freely, I was standing in a crowd of people by a bus stop when a man noticed me taking pictures and for some reason shouted abuse at me. The lady with the very large roll up turned around to see what the fuss was about and I got the picture!

This smartly dressed man was more than happy to be photographed smoking his cigarillo.

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“more where these come from….”

more where these come from

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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 🙂

The “posh” bag lady

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Carrying a Harrods bag so conspicuously seemed to say something about this lady’s personality. I took a shot of her talking to a group of friends. Ironically that photo was ruined by a supermarket plastic bag jutting into the frame – so as soon as she said goodbye and began to move away I “bagged” this picture 😉

This blog is a record of some of the photographs I have taken since being diagnosed with a type of motor neurone disease called PLS (MND is 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 using lightweight mirrorless cameras.

Click on the pages in the site menus for my personal story and lots 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, f5, iso 1000. 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. I hope you like the results 🙂

Super dry

super dry

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

Miles 🙂

Self composed

High Street portrait

© 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 12-40 f2.8 lens

Miles 🙂

Shuttered

Shuttered

© Miles Pilling

After years as a roaming photographic biped, these days I take street photos from a mobility scooter as I’m disabled since developing motor neurone disease.

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 🙂

Pole position

 

Pole position

© Miles Pilling

After years as a roaming photographic biped, these days I take street photos from a mobility scooter as I’m disabled since developing motor neurone disease.

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.

Miles 🙂

blue framed thoughts

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© Miles Pilling

After years as a roaming photographic biped, these days I take pictures from a mobility scooter because I’ve become disabled after developing motor neurone disease.

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

Miles

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 🙂

captive lunchtime audience

captive audience

© 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 🙂

disarm – rests

arm rest

© 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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

plastic withdrawal

plastic withdrawal

© 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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