Sunday, March 8, 2009

A Few Wheelchair Photos

No, not photos of wheelchairs, but photos taken from a wheelchair. The camera I use to do the Wheelchair Kamikaze videos is actually a still digital camera that also happens to shoot halfway decent video, and I do a lot of still photography using the same camera/tripod rig.

I was an avid amateur photographer before I got hit with MS, and had to put photography aside for about five years because of the disabilities brought on by the disease. Funny thing is, while I tried my damnedest to stay out of a wheelchair, using all manner of braces and canes, I was physically unable to operate a camera. Once I finally agreed to get the wheelchair, I was able to once again pursue my photography passion. Since I got a camera with a flip out viewscreen and a flexible tripod as gifts this past Christmas, I've been able to start shooting again. I think there might be a little lesson in there for us all...

And that lesson is, of course, to always ask for really good stuff for Christmas...

Here are a few of the photos I've recently taken. Click on the thumbnails for a larger view...

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  1. Marc, I saw your video about you racing on the Amsterdam Ave. by your w/c. Great stuff! I gave it 5 ***** in the Youtube.

    BTW, I'm also an ms'er in the w/c. Photographing has been my hobby since I was 10 yrs old. And it still is when I'm @59.
    More 'bout yours truly: I'm from Finland, EU, I'm retired b/c disability and I was dx'ed back in 1982 (rrms, currently spms.

    Take care and keep on taking great photos! 8^)

  2. Your shots are amazing! I got to your blog kind of randomly from clicking on someone's profile used for another blog. Look forward to seeing more of your work

  3. Hey Mark- Was glad to check out your site after our great conversation the other day.
    I was really intrigued at not only the angel of the video shots but also of the unique speed at which you travel around the city. And your commentary reflects both your absolute wonder and appreciation for NYC and your frustrations. I really enjoyed them and think a wide audience would definitely benefit from seeing them. So keep them coming. I would love to see what a 360 degrees shot looks like!

    hope that you and karen enjoy you dust-free home.
    also- if you are interested, I just posted some shots from my recent projects on my blog.
    take care,

  4. Hello! I found your site by someone pointing me to one of your posts.

    In regards to being at wheelchair level...

    Have you been to a museum since you've been in the chair? It seems like many museums point the overhead light such that it reflects off of the work directly into the level of someone sitting in a wheelchair. I found a trick though - if you look at them from the side, instead of directly in front, the glare is minimized.

    Plus at the wheelchair level I find myself directly in line of sight to watch people's butts when they walk around. Kind of funny :)

    Thanks for sharing!

    DX RRMS 99

  5. oblo: thanks for the five stars. If you'd like me to post some of the shots are taken from your wheelchair, just send me the link. I'd be happy to share my space with other wheelchair shooters...

    miz: thanks for the kind words. I'll post a few more shots soon, hope you like them as well.

    Sara: checked out your blog, I think it's great. You're doing fantastic work.

    Darren: I haven't tried shooting in a museum from the wheelchair yet. I plan on doing so sometime within the next few weeks, so thanks for the tips. And yes, it is interesting being at ass level to the world...

  6. Yo w/c 'kazi. I too roll and shoot. I post at and a few things about photography at - Cheers