An 18-year-old artist said his autism gave him a ‘different perspective’ as he displayed his coronavirus lockdown photographs in the back garden of a Glasgow apartment building.
Dylan Lombard teamed up with fellow photographer Brian Hartley for the exhibit at number 61 Glencairn Drive in the city’s Pollokshields neighborhood.
He took his photos in black and white and only during the day throughout the first Covid-19 lockdown in 2020.
Mr Hartley’s work is in color and was also shot during the pandemic.
Neither of the two photographers had met before the idea of organizing an exhibition of their work was proposed to them.
Their photos are displayed on the walls of the building’s back garden and hung from a clothesline.
Mr. Lombard was diagnosed with deafness at the age of three, has autism and suffers from PDD, an extremely rare disease.
He said: “Looking back, I can now see that starting high school was an incredibly stressful time for me. I now see that I have started taking pictures as a way to distract myself from school – a coping mechanism.
“I realized very quickly that I saw the world from a different perspective because of my autism. I can represent this other way of seeing in my photographs.
“Photography has changed me and helped me become more positive about myself and about life.”
He added: “A lot of my images are mostly black and white and mostly feature a person representing isolation.
“During the lockdown, a lot of people felt lonely and I tried to show it in my photos.”
The artists said they decided to hold the exhibit in an apartment garden to reflect people’s willingness to come together during the pandemic.
Mr Hartley said he discovered new parts of Glasgow during the lockdown.
He added: “It’s great to see the work printed and it looks good to see it in the garden, the photos hanging from the clothespins on the clothesline, on the railings and under the trees, the garden becomes part of the history of the exhibition.
“It becomes a space filled with history and stories, which he adds to the stories captured in the photographs.”
The exhibition takes place Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Glencairn Drive, Glasgow, with entrance through the lane of Shields Road.