Loving father and photographer Thimothy Archibald started capturing his autistic child's unique habits on camera as a way of dealing with his son's diagnosis. But, what was supposed to be a simple documentation, turned out to be much more. Not only did he learn more about his son's unique world, but the father-son photo project brought them closer together. Thimothy, as a pro photographer, had to learn to stop trying to control situations by letting his son take the lead.


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The then 5-year-old autistic boy named Elijah was obsessed with mechanical objects, had a need for repetition and was socially withdrawn. Each shot that his father took reflects both Elija's unique habits and his interaction with the world around him. "I never wanted [Eli] to think that he was normal. I wanted him to be aware of how different he was and see that as an asset," Archibald said.

The whole photo series has been turned into a book titled 'Echolilia'. You can purchase it through Archibald's website.

More info: timothyarchibald.com | echolilia.com (h/t: mymodernmet)

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Dorrine Fisher 1 month ago

Beautiful

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Melody Lanzatella 1 month ago

Compression of their body calms many autistic people.

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Claire Copland 1 month ago

Nothing tragic about this young man.

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Diana CrunChewy Watson 1 month ago

I used to do this as a kid, too. I'm not on the Autism spectrum.

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Janice Foster 1 month ago

Wow, these are so powerful!

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Jolyn Zimmer 1 month ago

A unique view of the world. Bet he sees something different in each and every square

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Suzie Duffin 1 month ago

That's one beautiful shot the calmness and natural comfort with nature-

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Dorrine Fisher 1 month ago

Ahhh cool grass!

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Rita Mandado 1 month ago

My son who turns 32 at the end of the month sleeps like this ...I always want to put my arms around him and tell him it will be ok

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Susan Calvo 1 month ago

yet another view of the world....

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