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5-year-old autistic boy named Elijah was obsessed with mechanical objects, had a need for repetition and was socially withdrawn.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 2 years ago

Beautiful

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Melody Lanzatella 2 years ago

Compression of their body calms many autistic people.

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Claire Copland 2 years ago

Nothing tragic about this young man.

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Diana CrunChewy Watson 2 years ago

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

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Janice Foster 2 years ago

Wow, these are so powerful!

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Jolyn Zimmer 2 years ago

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

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Suzie Duffin 2 years ago

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

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Dorrine Fisher 2 years ago

Ahhh cool grass!

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Rita Mandado 2 years 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 2 years ago

yet another view of the world....

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Joanne Palmer 2 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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Shandela Kirk Brooks 2 years ago

My so is naked mostly too. His clothing "hurts" him.

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Ingo de Haan 2 years ago

My girl who is also autistic, paints my nails and does make up and my hair. Love it,, but I sometimes forget I have it on me so I go grocery shopping with 20 pins/clips in my hair. I'm a 40 year old man, and my wife doesn't warn me before I leave the house.

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Kipper Mcgee 2 years ago

I did this because I could feel sounds

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Kirsten Preston 2 years ago

Incredibly strong image

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Puddin Tane 2 years ago

Cute.

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Mellissa Clancy 2 years ago

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

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Melody Lanzatella 2 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) 2 years ago

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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Tara Allhands 2 years ago

My nephew has played with tools since he was 2. He's now 6, and was recently diagnosed as high functioning autistic. Tools are his love language. :)

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Ian Osmond 2 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.