I’ve known Alfred all his life and started making pictures of him 3 years ago when I found myself interested in Asperger’s syndrome and the autism spectrum. Alfred has lived with Asperger’s his whole life, and once told me that when he grows up, he wants to teach the world about his condition. So I asked Alfred if he’d like to help me make some pictures that could teach people, and he agreed. Each picture tells part of his complex, sensory sensitive story. The inability to cope with bright light or loud noise, the comfort he feels from the textures of animals or being immersed in his teddies, or the precautions he takes to avoid touching too many food items at once. Alfred’s family do everything in their power to find ways for Alfred to deal with his difficult world. Full series and collaborative video can be found at: www.amyromer.com/in-a-sense
About Amy Romer is a British documentary photographer, currently based in Vancouver, Canada. Romer's work is concerned with human rights and social issues, covering stories such as UK modern slavery, mental health and the 2015 general election. Romer has seen exposure for her work on a number of online blogs including Prison Photography, Vantage, LeftABit Blog, Pig House Pictures and The International Slavery Museum and has been featured on David Campany, Sharron Lovell and DJ Clark's Multimedia Week podcast for her work on modern slavery. She is the recent winner of PhotoVoice's photo talent contest on the theme "Youth" for her collaborative work with 12-year-old Alfred living with Asperger's syndrome, where Romer and Alfred, made In A Sense - a multimedia video about his Asperger's. Romer's photography has been exhibited in a number of galleries in London, Devon and Cornwall, including the 71a Gallery in Hoxton, The Fish Factory in Falmouth, Calumet in Euston and on the streets of Plymouth. On the side of her personal work, Romer is a photographic assistant for a handful of British photographers, namely Harry Borden, Venetia Dearden, Jane Hilton, Dave Watts and Stuart Keegan. Romer graduated from Falmouth University's BA(Hons) Press & Editorial Photography, achieving a high First-class degree in 2015. In December 2016, Romer moved to Vancouver, BC with her partner for his work in marine science research. She is now finding inspiration for new stories in new places, whilst continuing to work remotely on her modern slavery project. Romer's on-going work documenting modern slavery in the UK, entitled The Dark Figure* can be viewed in more detail at: www.thedarkfigure.co.uk. Follow Amy on Instagram: @amy.romer.