Copyright Stacie Turner, 2013.
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On the Spectrum
I conceived this project while doing a group portrait shoot for KidSpace,
a medical center that works almost wholly with special needs children.
I had been doing a series of simple portraits of children using a
vintage twin lens reflex film camera from the 1960s
and after working with some of the KidSpace children
as well as some of my friends' children, I decided to focus on children
on the austism spectrum for a while. As a artist and a portraitist
I am interested in capturing people's - particularly young people's -
true selves on film. By the time they are 5 or 6 most neurotypical
children are already putting on a social persona for the camera,
which is to say they are engaging in a form of 'say cheese' even
if they aren't smiling. My experience with children on the spectrum
is that they are incredibly honest in front of the lens. They don't dissemble.
When the project is done I will be publishing final images in a book along
with descriptions of the children modeling in their own words.
Stacie Turner is a photographer based in West Hartford, Connecticut.
She creates fine art photography and extraordinary children's portraits.
Please contact her if you are interested in booking a portrait session or using images seen on this site.