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Look Me in the Lens is a collaboration between one mother and her son, intimately exploring the way autism impacts the parent-child bond. Kate’s moving photographs and Eian’s hauntingly beautiful words combine to offer a simultaneously poetic and realistic view of life (and love) with autism. We need your help to make this project into the photobook it was always destined to become.
Anyone who cares for someone with autism understands that it is a powerful, and very different, kind of love. For me, having a child on the autism spectrum felt remote, disconnected. I could sense Eian there, on the other side of some barrier, and I was desperate to find a way through to him. This project began as a method to document our daily reality, and it became one of the ways we found each other. As we made pictures together, my photographs began to offer me glimpses behind the wall of his autism, and Eian began to talk to me in a way he never had before.
Eian was always there, I learned. On hard days, he told me it was like being behind a sheet of ice or in a cage. He’s barely aware of people around him. I worked to capture this feeling in my photography, my wistfulness to reach him and his remoteness, and to my surprise, people responded. Our photographs have been shared all over the world, and the comments we’ve received have brought tears to my eyes. Our work resonates with other people who love someone on the spectrum and with people who just want to understand this unique perspective.
This project is also about compassion, which comes from understanding. It goes beyond awareness, beyond knowing autism affects 1 in 68 kids. This is about perspective, about really looking with love and without judgement, through the eyes of someone who sees the world in a different way. Every person with autism is unique, and this project offers a glimpse of what it might be like to be and to love one of them.
You may have seen Kate's photos on your social media feed or in the news. These are a just a few of the places our work has been featured:
Look Me in the Lens will be printed in hardcover here in the United States. It will be about 100 pages long, 9 by 11 inches, and will feature at least 60 color and black and white images, as well as conversations we've had about autism, photography, anxiety, and love.
We've found a printer we're excited to work with, and they are committed to creating custom designs with quality materials.
Printing a high quality book is much more cost effective when you do a large print run, and that's why we're asking for your help! We're setting our funding goal at the amount we need to print 100 copies without profit. The more books people purchase, the more we get to print. If we exceed our funding goal, it means more people want to buy the book. Yay!
Risks and challenges
We don't anticipate any risks. The photos for the book are all taken and edited, and the design is mostly complete. We've confirmed the shipping and turnaround time with the printer, and we have built extra time into our projections to account for unexpected events.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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