Mike – Close Up

I’m still investigating the photograph my Dad took of Mike and my Mom. I estimate the date of the photo as circa 1958. Mike is my older brother who is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal. We used to go camping. Mike was a handful,  I don’t know how my parents took us all (Mike, Dave, my younger brother, and me) on those trips.

I have spent many years trying to look into Mike’s eyes. If you were to look at him, you would see each eye looking in different directions. It was only on very rare occasions that Mike looked me in the eye. Actually I assume that he did looked me in the eye now and then. The only evidence I have is a photograph from Mike’s 40th birthday party.

autism autistic sibling photograph asymmetric eyes

This is why eyes, particularly my brother’s eyes, are important to me.

In today’s study, I closed in on Mike’s 10-year-old eye.

Watercolor and Charcoal: Portrait of Mike as a Boy

Mike, Close Up
9″x12″ 140# Cold Pressed Watercolor Block

Here is the original photo:

Photograph: Vintage Photo of Mike and Mom

Mike and Mom
Photograph on Bond Paper

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