Recently I submitted a photo to be featured by Clickin Moms on their Facebook page. The call was for images that moved you. I submitted an editorial portrait I did of my son Jacob. Jacob has Aspergers. I am moved beyond words with the wonderful comments the feature on the Clickin Mom’s page received.
It is not always easy for me to get him to sit for a photo. I even have a hard time capturing candid photographs of him. When I explained to him my idea he was pretty excited to help out. I bought some foam core and made a smallish v-flat background and covered it with the drawing paper that we have that came on a roll. I asked him to draw pictures on the background. When he was done I had to convince him to sit there and let me take his photograph. What moves me most about this image, which I call ‘In Jacob’s Mind,’ is the eye contact. It’s rare and when it happens it is fleeting. In the portrait he can’t look away.
It is my favorite image of him. I am playing around with another idea involving emerging him into his current obsession, Minecraft, but that is still in the planning stages. The concept is putting itself together in my head and I’m looking for the materials to build the set. I think it’s another idea that he will be excited about.