intro’d to Timothy and Eli via Brooks fb share: father photos unique habits of autistic son
project titled Echolilia. What he didn’t realize was how much closer it would bring him to his son and allow him to understand Eli better.
“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.”
dis order ness
not normal ness
a father’s convo with his son
“Echolilia” is an alternate spelling of a more common term, “echolalia,” used in the autistic community to refer to the habit of verbal repetition and copying that is commonly found in autistic kids’ behavior. I liked the idea of it: photography is a form of copying. Kids are a form of repetition. And looking at my kid with photography allowed me to see myself anew.
For me, these photographs are not of him; they are about a relationship. I always think of that relationship as having three components: him, myself and then the shared stuff that we can’t really define. The feeling we get when we look at all the photographs together is the channel that defines the project. That is the echolilia thing.
there is a power to listening.. to that thing right in front of you..
i just had to figure out .. how to hear it..
find/follow Timothy & Eli:
Advertising and Editorial Photographer, currently exhibiting and lecturing on my project and book ECHOLILIA / Sometimes I wonder.
echolilia project via his site:
autism et al
imagine doing this.. this free\dom to be.. who you already are.. for everyone..