Im honored that this year’s poster for @festival_du_regard
features a portrait of Olivia, in Almuñecar, in southern Spain. This is one of the most special places in my life because of my family’s connection to the land. Every summer I travel back there and have watched Olivia grow older since she was born. The year I took this photo, she had been diagnosed with Autism and PDA, Pathological demand disorder.
Autism is often referred to the comparison between someone holding a flame or being the fire. When one is autistic all colors of the rainbow exist, however each color has a hue and within it the intensity varies. This is what you would call their personal distinctive traits. Depending where the light falls, so does the focus of what is noticed. I wanted to make a photo that would speak to some of these perceptions and emotions that Olivia experiences within her condition.
According to his mother, Girls particularly are very difficult to diagnose because they mask, meaning that they appear to be integrated but in fact have developed a persona that mimics or imitates a lot of what they see in order for them to seem acceptable to the rest of the world. Here she uses a colored solar powered lantern to light her way home. ✨
Thank you @sylviehugues
and your team for your important work.