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Share in the joy of connecting across the autism spectrum through a mother's powerful photographs and her son's poetic words.
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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.

"Photography has changed our relationship.  Since we started taking photos, I can sense your emotions better.  I feel like our emotions are connected.  You're my soul twin." - Eian
"Photography has changed our relationship. Since we started taking photos, I can sense your emotions better. I feel like our emotions are connected. You're my soul twin." - Eian

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.

"Making eye contact with a person is overwhelming and just really intense and uncomfortable.  Looking through the mirror is more removed." - Eian
"Making eye contact with a person is overwhelming and just really intense and uncomfortable. Looking through the mirror is more removed." - Eian

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.

"On a really hard day, I can’t feel your love, but I can tell that you love me because you say it a lot." - Eian
"On a really hard day, I can’t feel your love, but I can tell that you love me because you say it a lot." - Eian
"It’s like there’s a cage, and I can’t get out of it most of the time. But on really 'on' days, I can." - Eian
"It’s like there’s a cage, and I can’t get out of it most of the time. But on really 'on' days, I can." - Eian

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.

"I’m just naturally drawn to water. I love the way it moves and finds a way.  I want to be like that water." - Eian
"I’m just naturally drawn to water. I love the way it moves and finds a way. I want to be like that water." - Eian

 International Press

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:

The Book

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. 

We are still finalizing the design, but these are sample layouts from the book.
We are still finalizing the design, but these are sample layouts from the book.

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.

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    Kate's Tips for Photographing Kids

    Photographing kids can be challenging, and some children are really difficult to engage. Receive a PDF guide of Kate's top tips for taking great photos of children who are challenging to photograph, plus get all our updates so you can be part of the progress as our photobook becomes a reality!

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    Thank-You Post Card With Project Image

    All of the above, plus a hand-written thank-you note featuring an image from the book and an invitation to the book launch in Minnesota.

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    The Book

    Receive a gorgeous, first edition, hardcover copy of the Look Me in the Lens book (US shipping included).

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    The Book, Signed by Kate and Eian

    Receive a gorgeous, first edition, hardcover copy of the Look Me in the Lens book (US shipping included). Your copy will be signed by Kate and Eian, and your name will be printed in the book as one of our supporters.

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    Signed Book and a Copy for a Friend

    Receive a gorgeous, first edition, hardcover copy of the Look Me in the Lens book. Your copy will be signed by Kate and Eian, and your name will be printed in the book as one of our supporters.

    You'll also get a second copy of the book to give a friend.

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    Book, 8x10 Print, & a Stone from Eian

    Receive a gorgeous, first edition, hardcover copy of the Look Me in the Lens book. Your copy will be signed by Kate and Eian, and your name will be printed in the book as one of our supporters.

    Eian will choose a river stone specifically for you, and we'll send a note sharing his reasons for selecting it.

    You'll also receive an 8x10 print of the cover image of the book, "Spectrum," professionally printed on archival quality photo paper and accompanied by a quote from Eian.

    Receive an invitation to the book launch in Minnesota, as well as a PDF of Kate's tips for photographing kids.

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    Book, 11x14 Print, & a Stone From Eian

    Receive a gorgeous, first edition, hardcover copy of the Look Me in the Lens book. Your copy will be signed by Kate and Eian, and your name will be printed in the book as one of our supporters. You may also add a personalized dedication to be printed in the book, allowing your contribution to honor someone special in your life.

    Eian will choose a river stone specifically for you, and we'll send a note sharing his reasons for selecting it.

    You'll also receive an 11x14 print of "Spectrum" professionally printed on archival quality photo paper and accompanied by a quote from Eian.

    Receive an invitation to the book launch in Minnesota, as well as a PDF of Kate's tips for photographing kids.

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