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.

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5-year-old autistic boy named Elijah was obsessed with mechanical objects, had a need for repetition and was socially withdrawn.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
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4 years ago

Beautiful

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Melody Lanzatella
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4 years ago

Compression of their body calms many autistic people.

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Jee Rose
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No offense to him but that would freak me out if I saw that

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Dorrine Fisher
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4 years ago

Was he humming?

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Janice Foster
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4 years ago

Wow, these are so powerful!

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Dorrine Fisher
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4 years ago

Keep out the mosquitos! Love it

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Jolyn Zimmer
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4 years ago

He seems at peace with nature in general.

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Dorrine Fisher
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4 years ago

Ahhh cool grass!

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Jahzara Elm
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4 years ago

Woah

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Joanna Tur
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4 years ago

essence

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Joanne Palmer
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4 years ago

Very raw emotional photos, You captured the isolation but yet your son's connection with nature shines through at the same time <3

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Rhon
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4 years ago

Amazing sensory

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Rhon
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4 years ago

What a gorgeous little hand!

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Kipper Mcgee
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4 years ago

I did this because I could feel sounds

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Diana CrunChewy Watson
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4 years ago

I also used to do this as a kid.

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Irma Budhidharma
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4 years ago

This Last one is for Halloween

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Mellissa Clancy
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4 years ago

I've done that so many times as a kid!

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Melody Lanzatella
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4 years ago

My 15 yr old son is autistic. Every autistic person finds their own way to interact with and cope with the world. I wish I could be my son for even one day, so I could better understand how he perceives the world. I know it is a constant struggle for him, but I dont know why. He can speak, but cannot put into words how he feels. I STILL search for the way that I might be able to help to ease his burden, but each time I have tried, I only make things worse or frustrate him. Thank you for sharing these very personal moments with us.

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Cara Jimenez (Thron)
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This may not be, but I feel like he is uncomfortable with the overcast. I'm very sensory, and overcast is unbearable.

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Naomi Prior
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Not sure I'd allow any child a pair of needle noses pliers? Or any sharp object along those lines?

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Ian Osmond
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4 years ago

To me, one of the interesting things is that I've done all of those at least a couple times when I was a kid. I presume that Elijah does it a lot more, but it makes the point that autism can be part of the normal human variation -- sure, pretty far off on one end of the bell curve, definitely different than most of us, but still within the normal range of human experience.