Loving Father Photographs Unique Habits Of Autistic Son

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San Francisco-based photographer Timothy Archibald began photographing his autistic 5-year-old son Elijah as a way of dealing with the young boy’s diagnosis.

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Noticing how his son behaved, different from other kids, and knowing that as a parent he was desperately eager to raise his child as best as he could, he felt the need to pour his frustrations into this portrait project titled Echolilia.

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What he didn’t realize was how much closer it would bring him to his son and allow him to understand Eli better.

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Image after image, Archibald’s collection reveals the socially withdrawn child’s unique perspective.

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The way he interacts with objects offers an alternative approach to communicating with the world around him.

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The photographer says, “I never wanted [Eli] to think that he was normal.”

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“I wanted him to be aware of how different he was and see that as an asset.”

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Through this series, Archibald not only got to appreciate his son’s quirks but he was also able to release his desire to control situations (as a professional photographer) and learn to follow his son’s lead.

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Together, the father-son duo bonded over photography and collaborated on a series they can now look back on and recall fond memories

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Echolilia has been turned into a book and signed copies are available to purchase directly through Archibald’s website.

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He’s not different. He is beautiful in a unique and amazing way. Share with friends!

Via Imgur

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