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30th October, 2015

Photography graduate exposes hidden side of autism

Middlesex graduate Elanor Marielle’s touching photography of her autistic brothers is attracting industry attention and helping to shed light on an underrepresented issue.

Elanor, who graduated from Middlesex in 2015 with a BA Photography, was recently awarded a coveted ‘Wooden Pencil’ as part of the D&AD New Blood competition, which recognises the best in student, graduate and young creative design and advertising.

She was awarded the prize for her final photography project, an intimate series of images showing a glimpse into the lives of her twin brothers Conal and Xander, who have autism, and her mother, who is their carer.

“Caring for people with autism is rewarding and incredibly difficult,” said Elanor. “Witnessing such innocence is both beautiful and terrifying; these people who often have no voice are some of the most vulnerable people in society.

“This set acts as a photographic language, visually expressing what many living with autism cannot express verbally. The images attempt to show the quiet gentleness of one of society’s most misunderstood minorities, and the effect it can have on their carers.”


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