Photos My Son Takes

Every parent, of course, thinks that their child is the best and most brilliant at something. I’m no exception. Get ready, because I’m about to gush.

My son is an amazing kid. We have our struggles, as does everyone, but he has some particular issues given that he’s on the Autism spectrum and has ADHD. It often feels like it’s impossible to reach him and that he is incapable of expressing his feelings. Then this happens:

Our shed door. Photo by Evan. All Rights Reserved.

Our shed door. Photo by Evan. All Rights Reserved.

The husband and I were busy clearing out our old barn foundation. Our son was helping, but quickly grew bored. The husband then handed him one of our Nikon digital SLR cameras. The boy had about $1000 worth of equipment in his hands, that he could barely control due to its weight (he’s only eight years old). Then he started taking pictures.

Our chickens. Maybe a little blurry, but look at the composition. He framed them with twigs from the burn pile.

Our chickens. Maybe a little blurry, but look at the composition. He framed them with twigs from the burn pile. Photo by Evan. All Rights Reserved.

He never takes more than one frame of anything. Well sometimes two, but they always come out great right away. I mean, yeah, it’s a digital camera, so all the exposure is right already. But real photography means that the photo looks phenomenal without the need for cropping. That picture of the shed door? Right off the camera.

He’s taken a few good pictures of me, things that have wound up being profile photos. This was a single shot.

Me and my awesome Christmas present! Photo by Evan. All Rights Reserved.

Me and my awesome Christmas present! Photo by Evan. All Rights Reserved.

Or how about this one from last spring?

Me in the garden last spring. Same kid. Same camera. Photo by Evan. All rights reserved.

Me in the garden last spring. Same kid. Same camera. Photo by Evan. All rights reserved.

Or how about this one that the boy took when he was four (with a much smaller camera).

The husband, just before departing for a hike. Photo by four-year-old Evan. All rights reserved.

The husband, just before departing for a hike. Photo by four-year-old Evan. All rights reserved.

So yeah, it’s possible that I’m just bragging about my child. But seriously, if someone handed you a $1000 camera set-up, would you take these photos? I can’t get photos like this because I think about them too hard. My husband is slightly more successful at getting good pictures, but it takes him forever, because he spends so long thinking about it.

The boy? Picks up the camera. Aims it at things he likes. Presto! Awesome photo.

8 thoughts on “Photos My Son Takes

  1. Dood I love these pictures so much. There is something so utterly entrancing about them. Evan has a gift for distilling the world down to it’s essential parts. I remember you once telling me about his minimalist art- how there could be so few lines drawn, but that it was immediately understandable what he was trying to show you. I hope you post more of his art/photography/whatever. I am a huge fan.

  2. Thanks Jen. We need to get him is own camera and let him loose. I think there’s a natural ability there. Maybe when I update my own field camera, I’ll give him the old one. Then we’ll wait and see…

  3. You know, photography may be a great way for him to interact/express.

    I’ve heard several stories about autistic kids with unique visual perspectives — (Temple Grandin mentions it). Photography may be a natural gift. Certainly looks that way!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

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