A Father Uses Photography To Communicate With His Autistic Son
In his series Echolilia, professional photographer Timothy Archibald explores his relationship with his autistic son Elijah.
When the San Francisco-based photographer Timothy Archibald began photographing son Elijah at age 5, his intentions didn’t extend beyond documentation. Elijah was socially withdrawn, fixated on things like mechanical objects and a ritual need for repetition. One day, Archibald snapped a few pictures to bring to behavioral specialists — Elijah was later diagnosed with autism.
But that first shoot would turn into a unique three-year collaboration between father and son. The results are edited into a series titled Echolilia — a term that describes the repetition of phrases, common among those with autism. Archibald’s photos capture Elijah’s repetitive rituals.
Archibald’s photos have appeared in Time, Forbes, and Smithsonian. See more at timothyarchibald.com