Alex Brown, aka aspie, hails from Louth, Lincolnshire, U.K. and is one of Lomography Magazine's new regular writers. Know more about his upcoming series, featuring his special version of analogue mind-reading, after the break.
“Mind-reading. Most people do it without having to try, spotting how someone feels or what they’re thinking based on so many subtle cues. Tone of voice, facial expressions, body language, nuances of word choice, recent events… that kind of thing.
I can’t do this very well, because I have a condition called Asperger’s Syndrome. I can do it a bit, but its like calligraphy – its not my natural handwriting. I can’t write like that all the time. I miss these cues unless I really, really look for them. It can get me into trouble. And as a lot of these cues are visual, it follows that this condition should have some effect on my photography.
This series will look at how having Asperger’s Syndrome affects the way I take photographs, and will question whether being a photographer helps me read minds."
Alex considers himself to be an ‘ideas person,’ and have described himself as having the mind of an engineer and the heart of an artist. Unfortunately, “I can’t really draw and have yet to build a functioning invention,” he adds.
He enjoys art that is purposeful and technology that has flair. He graduated from a university after studying English with Creative Writing, and the study of narratives is something that continues to bewilder him, whether they are linear, sporadic, transient, or looping. Anything can be refined into a narrative: thoughts, images, objects, and (of course) people.
“Ah! People! People, you can help! I would love to hear your stories of the obstacles you face as an analogue photographer, and ways in which you see the world differently. I do hope you can join me,” our dear Alex says.
The international Magazine team of Lomography is currently looking for dedicated writers who are interested in contributing articles (to any section) on a regular basis. Eager and interested? Read this call-out article and we’ll be waiting for your emails!