Photos My Son Takes – Storming the Castles

I’ve posted a few times (like here, here, and here) about the photographs my son takes. They’re always amazing, to me at least. He takes photos of seemingly dull things and makes them exciting. We think of his photographs as a window into his perception of the world. No doubt he looks at things differently than we do, as he is on the autism spectrum.

This weekend, we took a spontaneous trip up the Alexandria Bay, New York, to visit the 1000 Islands, and specifically visit Boldt Castle, for which we’ve had tickets for almost two years.

The boy recently got his own digital SLR camera (which matches his parents’), so I was looking forward to seeing what photos he would take.

His photos started out rather ordinary. Not terrible, but not breath-taking.

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A boat at the dock at Alexandria Bay. All rights reserved.

This one had potential – sunrise on Boldt Castle – but the horizon is crooked.

Sunrise on Boldt Castle. All rights reserved.

Sunrise on Boldt Castle. All rights reserved.

He didn’t seem very enthused by Boldt Castle, only giving us one or two ‘keeper’ photos, like this one:

Main entry and the beginning of the grand staircase at Boldt Castle. All rights reserved.

Main entry and the beginning of the grand staircase at Boldt Castle. All rights reserved.

I do enjoy these petunias from the Boldt Castle grounds:

Petunias at Boldt Castle. All rights reserved.

Petunias at Boldt Castle. All rights reserved.

We took a longer river boat ride further down the Saint Lawrence River to visit Singer Castle. We only spontaneously decided to take this trip when we were buying tickets for the ferry to Boldt Castle. I’m glad we did. Because the magic happened.

A light in the Great Hall. All rights reserved.

A light in the Great Hall. All rights reserved.

Armor in the Great Hall. All rights reserved.

Armor in the Great Hall. All rights reserved.

Vanity study. All rights reserved.

Vanity study. All rights reserved.

Who knew a sink could be such a nice photo subject? All rights reserved.

Who knew a sink could be such a nice photo subject? All rights reserved.

Stonework at Singer Castle. All rights reserved.

Stonework at Singer Castle. All rights reserved.

Breakfast room. All rights reserved.

Breakfast room. All rights reserved.

Mahjong tiles. All rights reserved.

Mahjong tiles. All rights reserved.

Looking up at the turret. All rights reserved.

Looking up at the turret. All rights reserved.

Whoa. That is big. All rights reserved.

Whoa. That is big. All rights reserved.

More stone-scape. All rights reserved.

More stone-scape. All rights reserved.

Our tour guide, Zack, waits patiently for the group to catch up. All rights reserved.

Our tour guide, Zack, waits patiently for the group to catch up. All rights reserved.

The pseudo-paddlewheel on our river boat. All rights reserved.

The pseudo-paddlewheel on our river boat. All rights reserved.

Early in the trip, we had been encouraging and suggesting (strongly) to the boy that he ought to take more pictures. Once we stopped bugging him, he started taking photos on his own. And they wound up fantastic. As always.

3 thoughts on “Photos My Son Takes – Storming the Castles

  1. His skills are amazing. Sometimes it just takes a while to really figure out where your eye is when it comes to photography, if that makes sense. I love the one of the sink – somehow he captured its personality. I even see a face in there if I look hard enough.

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