Perception is always subjective. What one person sees is different from what the other sees. It all depends on how one wants to look at it. Ian, a 25 year old with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), perceives the world in a different light—an angle unique from our own.
Through his first camera, a Canon Powershot A560, Ian offers people a peek into his world and the world he sees through his camera’s lens. His grainy shot of a watch says that his world, like everyone else’s, is sometimes shaky and unstable. Ian’s scenic shot of yachts along the Manila Bay, on the other hand, shows that he also has his own share of peace, a state he enjoys only after taking his regular pills to manage his seizures and hyperactivity.
The photographs are just some of Ian’s works shown in the Colors of “A” Spectrum Exhibit recently held at the SM Mall of Asia. The exhibit also travelled to Baguio, Cavite, Cebu, Davao, Iligan, Quezon City and Iloilo to show to a wider audience how photography can change the lives of children with autism. It was the culminating activity of the free photography workshop that professional advertising photographer John Chua conducted for Ian and other members of the Autism Society Philippines (ASP).
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