The Seated Perspective: Photography from a Wheelchair


My name is Emanuel, I live in Switzerland, and as long as I can remember I’ve been in a wheelchair. In my life I’ve tried a lot of different hobbies, and almost every single time I felt compromised by my wheelchair… apart from taking photographs.

In fact, there are certain plus points to being in a wheelchair as a photographer:

  • How often have you seen a photographer ungainly crouching down to reach my comfortable seated position?
  • No need for assistance carrying around my equipment. I’m wheeling it around myself.
  • After a day of shooting: aching feet? Never.

But joking aside, photography became my passion. A form of expression. A motivator. My job.

It has taken me to extraordinary places, and pushed me out of my comfort zone. But most importantly, when it comes to photography, my pictures do the talking… and none of them say “wheelchair.”




About the author: Emanuel Wallimann is a wheelchair-using, passionate Photographer and Graphic Designer based in Switzerland. You can find more of his work on his website, or by following him on Facebook and Instagram.