April is Autism Awareness Month, and in recognition of the disorder that affects 1 percent of the population of children in the U.S. ages 3-17, we wanted to share the work of Honesdale, PA-based photographer, Gina Lenz.
As a photographic project, Lenz photographed 11 subjects between the ages of 3 and 21, all of whom were on the autism spectrum.
Says Lenz: “I was privileged to have developed this project through my work and relationship with a client, whose daughter has autism. This was the very first photo project of it’s kind in our community and our goal was to bring autism to the forefront of our community in the hopes of having others see beyond the diagnosis.”
Lenz’s work was turned into the exhibit, “The World Through My Eyes, A Photographic Tribute to Autism,” which will run at the Hanson Gallery in Honesdale, Pennsylvania for the duration of April 2013. Donations collected at the open house is being forwarded to Autism Speaks.”Next to each portrait we had asked the families to write a little blurb about their child, offering a glimpse into their world,” Lenz says. “It was a very moving experience.” After the exhibit, portraits will be gifted to each family. Check it out if you’re in the area.