Waiting for Griffin
I know Reathel Geary only through a Facebook group of which we are both members. Over the last few years I have seen and admired his photographs.
Today I received an email from Aline Smithson with the almost daily article from her LENSCRATCH.COM blog. Reathel’s images of his autistic son, Griffin, is the subject of the day’s article.
The following text from LENSCRATCH are Reathel’s thoughts about his relationship with Griffin.
“Autism is a separation of experience, where one is unable to participate fully in our shared reality. My son Griffin is autistic. Much of our experience is fraught with difficulty punctuated by moments of intense emotion. In these photographs I share what I see as a father of a little boy struggling with autism. These photographs are sometimes beautiful, often difficult and always true. Not only to the moment but also to my hopes and fears for the future. Each photograph is printed as a photogravure, a process that requires a high degree of physical manipulation. Each time I wipe the plate to remove the excess ink I do so with a father’s hand. As I work the plate my son is revealed to me anew, beautiful and frightening in all his future possibilities. I see him for who he truly could be and I find myself waiting for Griffin.”
You can see the complete LENSCRATCH posting at http://www.lenscratch.com/.
The post is dated May 29, 2013
By Jim McKinniss