November 08, 2021

St. Clair Teen With Autism Finds A Creative Outlet, Satisfaction Through Photography

St. Clair Teen With Autism Finds A Creative Outlet, Satisfaction Through Photography


Phillip Will enjoys playing games on his computer and photographing things on his family s St. Clair farm. His favourite photo is one he took of a sunrise at the Blue Water Bridge.

Julie Will said learning photography has given her -year-old son with autism growing independence and passion. 

We don t look at it as a disability at all. He s just different, she said. You're just you.

Brian WellsTimes Herald Phillip Will,, poses for a portrait Friday, April, , on his family s St. Clair farm. Phillip is autistic and has recently discovered a passion for photography.

Computers and photography came quickly to Phillip. He started taking photos as part of a class project using only his cell phone. With art being his favourite school subject,  he enjoyed the project and has recently moved to a more advanced camera.

Besides the class project, Phillip is self-taught and has developed his skills through practice and by watching YouTube videos. When he first got his new camera, he took it to the internet to learn how to use all of its different features and settings.

Phillip said its rewarding to be able to share his photos and see them get attention on his page. His mother said he s become more creative and his photography has improved.

On a recent trip to Escanaba, Phillip kept asking his mother to pull over so he could take photos. A drive that would normally take two hours took almost four, she said.

In the coming months, Phillip plans to start doing photography with the school s yearbook program. Eventually, he hopes to do photography full time. 

Port Huron Times Herald: St. Clair teen with autism finds a creative outlet, satisfaction through photography

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