It started out as a way to help photographer Timothy Archibald better understand his autistic son, Elijah. The San Francisco-based photographer embarked on a photography project to document his son’s personality quirks and loneliness. Using his photography skills combined with the real life day-to-day experiences of his five-year-old, Timothy created the photo project Echolilia.
During the time Timothy photographed his child, the experience drew him closer to his son and helped him process what both were going through. As both parent and observer, Timothy was able to capture the essence of Elijah and his relationship to objects.
“I never wanted [Eli] to think that he was normal. I wanted him to be aware of how different he was and see that as an asset,” Archibald said.
The experience changed both father and son forever. Timothy learned to let go of his need to try to control some situations. Now he chooses to celebrate the uniqueness of his son and their bond is stronger than ever.
See the intimate photo project below that has now been turned into a book.