Echolilia: A Father’s Photographic Conversation with his Autistic Son

Timothy Archibald / Redux Pictures
Timothy Archibald / Redux Pictures
My eldest son was born in 2001. He was always a kid who went to the beat of his own drummer. When he was 5, we began making photographs collaboratively as a way to find some common ground and attempt to understand each other. Soon after we began the project, Elijah was diagnosed on the autistic spectrum. Though the diagnosis gave me the words and history to understand my son better, it didn't take away the mystery and the need to try to find an emotional bridge to him.
We were preparing a special issue on children and mental health, and photographer Timothy Archibald’s project “Echolilia” came to mind. Archibald had photographed his son Elijah, who suffers from echolilia, as a way to find an emotional bridge. Following are some of the photographs he and Elijah made together, along with text from his book Echolilia: Sometimes I Wonder, plus photographs that the father and son created exclusively for TIME.



Related Topics: , , ,

Latest Posts

**20141118_082043[1]

The Best Pictures of the Week: Nov. 14 – Nov. 21

From a dramatic snowstorm in Buffalo, N.Y. and the slaying of worshipers in a Jerusalem synagogue to Obama’s immigration plan and the murder of Honduras’ beauty queen, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

Read More
pakistan-death-threat-alixandra-fazzina-09

Published Photographs Lead to Death Threats in Pakistan

A fisherman guides his canoe laden with pirarucu out of Lago do Macaco, or Monkey's Lake, in Brazilís Amazonas region.

Photojournalism Daily: Nov. 21, 2014

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 19,173 other followers