April is National Autism Awareness Month. It might not be something that you’re aware of. You might not know that one in 88 children in the U.S. is affected by autism.
And then again, you might know someone whose life has been touched by autism. If you do, you might also know that with the challenges that autism brings, it also brings a unique point of view.
Witness the work of Akeem Bonaparte. Together with the Josephine Herrick Project, a non-profit organization that works to enhance lives through photography, Akeem, a young photographer with autism, produced “Downtown Manhattan,” a beautiful Blurb book. The book was recently featured on the website Humans of New York and garnered over 6,000 hits.
Take a moment and flip through it. Akeem’s sharp, unvarnished observations will have you looking at the world around you with new eyes. You may see a photo of South Street Seaport on cold winter’s day. Akeem sees something different: “…there are streaming blue waves…it makes you feel like it’s a beautiful day.”
To Akeem, light-filled windows on buildings look like open books, a hospital is the color of a bar of chocolate “that you just want to eat,” the statue of the charging bull on Bowling Green looks “shiny” and “angry.”
Thanks for opening our eyes, Akeem. We love your book.