Cameraman and photographer Miles Pilling has Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
During the "Twenty Six Miles 4 MND" campaign his friend, the editorial photographer Cristian Barnett, will be creating photographic portraits of 26 people who's lives have been affected by MND. After all the portraits have been taken, Cristian will be running a marathon.
Miles will be taking "behind the scenes" photos and interviewing each of the subjects - The people we meet will range from MND patients to consultants and other health professionals, to volunteers and to the friends and families of those affected by MND.
We will also be photographing some famous people who have added their support to the Twenty Six Miles fundraising campaign including Kim Wilde and Nick Owen.
Miles will be blogging during the project, keeping you up to date before the final 26 portraits are published and giving you a look behind the scenes of the photo shoots.
We aim to make the project as fun as possible whilst still communicating the terrible cruelty of the neurological illness known as motor neurone disease.
In the 26 days leading up to Cristian's marathon run, one portrait and accompanying write up will be published online each day. Miles will be in every portrait alongside each of the guests.
So, the project title “Twenty Six Miles” (or 26Miles4MND) is a pun on the distance run in a marathon and the number of “Miles” appearing in the portraits!
We hope to have an exhibition of Cristian's Twenty Six Miles portraits together with some of Miles’s personal photography (nearly all shot from his mobility scooter these days).
As well as raising money for the great work of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, we want to increase awareness of this terribly cruel disease.