Echolilia: A Father's Photographic Conversation with His Autistic Son

Timothy Archibald / Redux Pictures

Eli in My Sweatshirt
My eldest son was born in 2001. He was always a kid who went to the beat of his own drummer. When he was 5, we began making photographs collaboratively as a way to find some common ground and attempt to understand each other. Soon after we began the project, Elijah was diagnosed on the autistic spectrum. Though the diagnosis gave me the words and history to understand my son better, it didn't take away the mystery and the need to try to find an emotional bridge to him.

Get the Latest Photos from
Get TIME photos and pictures of the week delivered directly to your inbox.