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Being the mother of an autistic child is not easy. Of course, this mother loves her son, but that doesn’t make his condition less challenging. So she decided to turn autism into art.
Each of her photographs portrays the world of an autistic person and how they can find wonder in things that the average person doesn’t. Each also shares the day to day life of raising an autistic child.
Mom says some days are hard, but she always loves her son, even if it’s loving the shadow of the real him in the midst of the chaos of autism.
Here’s a metaphorical look at how this boy’s autism gives him a different view on life and his surroundings.
Looking at the Camera
When she took this photo, the boy’s mother says it was a rare image of him looking right at her. Eye contact is something that autistic children struggle with.
Autism means that this boy senses things differently. Here you can see him enjoying the whispers of the grass around him.
Being an Owl
This boy’s area of interest is owls and in this photo he’s pretending to be one.
Capturing your child’s smile on camera is always a wonderful moment and this mother got her wish with this image.
There are so many hard times as the mother of autistic child and this mother is capturing them as part of their journey together.
Through the Ice
The mother says she took this photo to symbolize the feeling that there’s a barrier between her and her son, due to his autism.
One of the characteristics of autism is an intense interest in certain things. This boy’s interest is enhanced here.
You can see the shadow of the mother in the background here. That’s proof positive that she’s always there for her son, no matter what.
Just because he has autism don’t mean he doesn’t enjoy the childlike things in his life. Like a glass of chocolate milk after school.
This young boy’s mother did a great job of capturing his eyes without the struggle of having to look straight at the camera.
In this photo, you get a sense of how an autistic child is separated from the rest of the world. In a sense, they are on the outside looking in.
Here the mother has done a moving job of capturing her son as he lives in his own part of the world.
On the Spectrum
This is a very moving comparison of the boy to his place on the autism spectrum.