Elijah was five when his father, Timothy Archibald, began photographing his quirky, repetitious behavior brought on by autism. Archibald’s goal was simply documentation of his son’s social reclusion, love for mechanical objects, and need for ritual repetition. What happened was unique creative bond between a father and a son.
After Elijah reviewed a few of the images his father had taken of him, he wanted to not only participate as a subject but also as a creative director offering suggestions on how to re-take images in in other ways or in other locations. The three year project is now a beautiful book titled Echolilia.
In Echolilia, father and son create their own visual language, thanks to which they can communicate with each other even when there are no words they both can understand.
[h/t My Modern Met]