Colin has been experimenting with a more fluid and expressionistic approach to portraiture. He has collaborated with his sitters who have incorporated additional elements to their portraits e.g. handwritten scripts, pages from books, objects etc – to create a more complex and multi-layered portrayal.
In his early 40’s, Colin started to use the processes of formal portrait photography to challenge his condition. One of the key characteristics of autism is difficulty communicating and forming relationships with other people. For Colin, to fleetingly meet someone’s gaze in a greeting can be overwhelming and cause enormous anxiety. But despite these obstacles and with a growing sense of purpose he has collaborated with his sitters to create ‘Me You and Autism Too’ Exhibition at Inkwell Arts that will be on display from Thursday 21st March. The official Launch will take place in Autism Week on Tuesday 2nd April 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
Colin will be in attendance with his Mentor, Artist Julian Germain and they will give a brief talk about Colin and the work.
The exhibition will be on display until Saturday 27th April.
This project has the potential to reach a large audience and could therefore significantly advance the level of discussion and debate about autism and mental health in the UK. There are known to be at least 700,000 people on the autistic spectrum and there are a further 3 million dealing with a close relative who has the condition. It’s clear that a deeper understanding of autism would be of enormous benefit, not simply to those affected, but to society as a whole.