Forest dreaming

2009, Photography

A camera is there is there to capture a moment, it is a tool that should help you to interpret your vision. Not always did I had the feeling like recently that the camera became an extension of me to catch something within me.

My son has autism. Most of his symptoms deal with social interaction, restrictions in understanding communication (in particular non verbal communication), theory of mind, and very distinctive interests (like dinosaurs, trains and Lego). One particular symptom is his difficulty in prioritizing and picking up details. What he considers important will often not be of any significance to us. That can cause anxiety, fear, panic, enjoyment, and pleasure. His own world! A complex world hard to comprehend for us. My next series is my interpretation of this complexity, dealing with too many information.

Forest dreaming by Wouter Brandsma

Forest dreaming by Wouter Brandsma

Forest dreaming by Wouter Brandsma

Forest dreaming by Wouter Brandsma

Forest dreaming by Wouter Brandsma

Forest dreaming by Wouter Brandsma

Forest dreaming by Wouter Brandsma

Forest dreaming by Wouter Brandsma

Forest dreaming by Wouter Brandsma

Forest dreaming by Wouter Brandsma

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

Under the blue sky

2009, Photography

Under the blue sky
Feeling ought and missing my son this weekend. For the first time he stays in a holiday park with other kids with autism. A moment where we could find some rest and he could have fun with the other kids. But the first time is difficult and you hope everything is fine with him.
On the dyke
All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

Don’t look

2009, Photography

My son in a moment where he can’t make up his mind between two choices. His autism makes him panic when two options are already too much. Providing him with clear explanations and remaining calm helps him to understand it.
Don't look at me
Sigma DP1, f5.6, 1/400 sec, ISO 100, -0.3 EV, processed in Sigma Photo Pro and Photoshop (Nik Silver Efex Pro)
Photograph by Wouter Brandsma

Weekend entry

2009, Photography

This Eastern weekend entry is filled with photographs mostly taken at the resort where my son gets therapeutic horseback riding. My son is diagnozed with autism and ADHD. Structuring his life is our number one priority, but is also, to be realistic, a huge stress factor for our lives. And while he ride the horse Lancelot we were able to spent some good time with our little daugter. And get some time to relax.

Leaving work I saw this sign. An ought place though.
Weekend entry by Wouter Brandsma
Did I ever mention I like shadows?
Weekend entry by Wouter Brandsma
Getting texture without adding texture.
Weekend entry by Wouter Brandsma
We arrived at the stable.
Weekend entry by Wouter Brandsma
While my son waited for his ride.
Weekend entry by Wouter Brandsma
It was pretty warm, but my daughter didn’t want to leave without her boots.
Weekend entry by Wouter Brandsma
Real life shadows, I just love shadows at bright sunny days.
Weekend entry by Wouter Brandsma
And more shadows from my son on the horse Lancelot.
Weekend entry by Wouter Brandsma
Being captivated by the light and the burst of the spring season.
Weekend entry by Wouter Brandsma
My son on the back of Lancelot, such a beautiful and comfortable horse.
Weekend entry by Wouter Brandsma
Finally my son was relaxed, tired, and wanted to go home.
Weekend entry by Wouter Brandsma
My daughter was intrigued by her own shadow, although unconsiously it reminded me of Eastern when I reviewed this photograph.
Weekend entry by Wouter Brandsma
We’re going home again.
Weekend entry by Wouter Brandsma
All photographs by Wouter Brandsma