Today we’d like to introduce you to Eileen Lamb.
Eileen, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’m Eileen, mother of two little boys: Charlie (5) and Jude (2). Charlie has severe classic, nonverbal autism. I have high-functioning autism, also known as Asperger’s syndrome which gives me a unique perspective on the subject. I started a blog in hope of raising autism awareness. I want readers of my blog to better understand the many facets of autism. I was born and raised in France and have been living in Texas for 7 years with my husband and two children. I have a degree in Literature and Foreign Languages from a French University and really enjoy writing. In my free time, I love photography. It’s been a great way to express myself.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My art is photography. One thing I struggle with is expressing myself. As a consequence of that, often I go through phases where I just cut myself from the rest of the world. During these moments, I’m stuck in my own head, unable to express anything. It’s confusing for people around me and I don’t have immediate answers for them.
Recently, though, I’ve discovered a way to share my feelings during those times when I don’t feel like interacting with people: photography. I’ve always loved photography – this isn’t new – however I was never completely happy with my finished photos because they never quite looked like what I saw in my head. Some people would tell me how much they liked them and while I appreciated the compliment, I didn’t usually see it. The visuals didn’t match my inner life. They were missing a piece of me.
Through my photos, I want to show people how I see the world. That said, it can be quite different from “reality”. I’ve always been a dreamer and probably always will be.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
Don’t give up. I remember when I started taking pictures two years ago, I thought it’d be impossible to be a decent photographer without going to school for it. Though, I learned a lot by just practicing, experimenting and watching tutorials online. I still have a lot to learn and that keeps things exciting!
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
The best way to see my work is on Instagram. I try to curate a consistent and magical feed. You can support me by following me and interacting on my pictures here —> instagram.com/theautismcafe
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