The boy who speaks like flowers
“The boy who speaks like flowers” is a long term project about a relationship between myself and my son who has Asperger’s Syndrome, a High Functioning form of Autism.
Children with this condition may seem otherwise normal to most people, yet the way they function and view the world is different, placing them in a difficult position trying to cope within the structure and expectations of normal society. They relate to the world in an inquisitive, obsessive and sensory manner, becoming overly sensitive and responsive to the world around them.
Parenting a child on the Autism Spectrum is an ongoing learning experience, yet for me it has been a revealing and rewarding experience, opening the possibility that I might have always had a similar condition, thus sharing with him a unique perspective of things. As we live through our challenging and sometimes exhilarating days, we are both discovering a connection in the way we both relate to others and to each other. The images and sounds which I obsessively collect become a collaboration between his quirky behaviour and my sensitive response to it. Through this process we become mirrors of each other.