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Understanding Stanley

If you're interested in buying a copy of the book, please visit my on-line shop.  If you're interested in me coming to do a talk at your school, workplace, university etc, please contact me.  Thank you.

Understanding Stanley - Looking through Autism - 64 images made from 1998-2013, is a beautiful, poetic series that communicates, in a disarmingly simple way, how living a life on the autism spectrum really is different.  A potent mixture of observed portraits of my eldest son Stanley and objects and landscapes that represent autistic characteristics and experienes, the work has been published in The Guardian Weekend Magazine, Foto8 Magazine, the Frankfurter Rundschau Magazin.  It has been reviewed on Photomintor and on Firecracker and has been exhibited in galleries and photo festivals in the UK, Germany, Slovakia and in Paris. Understanding Stanley is soon to be published as a book (go to understandingstanley.com).   The images are supported by quotes from adults themselves on the autism spectrum and also from Rosie and other individuals who work in supporting those with autism.

"Oh, he looks fine to me, you'd never know" was a comment that really struck when Stanley was diagnosed aged 3.  "I realised very quickly that the total invisibility of autism was going to be the biggest challenge of all, making it extremely difficult for other people to understand and accept Stanley and the complexities of his condition".  Understanding Stanley seeks to make the invisible visible and in so doing also allows readers, in a very subtle way, to understand just how much the rest of us take for granted in the way we interact with the world around us.

In an entirely unique way, (visual, not text-led), the work raises awareness and understanding - the foundations upon which acceptance and support can be built.  Understanding Stanley is an incredibly moving series and will allow the reader to feel, not just to think.  The book has received a great deal of praise and interest, from the two main autism charities but also from families, teachers, therapists, prison officers, adoption agencies etc for its ability to really get 'under the skin' of autism, as an invaluable starting point in the understanding of it.

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