18 January 2009

Living With Ben

This is something that I've been working on over a long period of time with more still to come, though now it is limited to whenever I go home. The following are a collection of images of my brother, Ben. Ben was diagnosed with Autism when he was 18 months old after his DPT vaccination.
This personal narrative depicts Ben in daily life doing his normal activities in mini-stories throughout. I wouldn't consider this a documentary at all, but rather my take on how Ben impacts my life, my family's lives, and how we try to include him in the real world as much as possible.
Luckily, Ben is familiar with me so it was no problem shooting, which other photographer may encounter. If it were anyone else, he probably would have been very uncomfortable. But since I didn't have that problem at all, I think I captured the essence of my brother, who is one of my favorite people in the whole world.
Enough blabbing, here are the photos.

Music Therapy

Swimming Lessons

Working out at the YMCA, a weekly tradition for my dad and Ben

Just some daily activites - he likes his music.

Inclusion with holiday festivities

Bingo night at home (he likes us to repeat sounds and faces he makes)

Eating his most favorite food: potatoes

Pressure on his body is necessary so he can feel himself in space. It makes us laugh.

He's very good at puzzles
Something else I'm thinking about:
What if I made it all black and white?

06 January 2009

Family Time

As my family did every year when I was younger, we drove up to the Twin Cities area in Minnesota for Christmas. While we were there, we caught up with some old friends, too.

The drive up

This is Andrea. She owns a chocolate shop.

Minneapolis Skywalk.

How to tell you're in Minnesota: they call it a ramp, not a garage.

Family friends and family

Playing games

Uncle Dex making dinner

Opening presents

Grandma helping a friend at the Nursing Home

Visiting Grandpa's ashes

Our only family friends in Minnesota that aren't Lutherans