I hope those that know me and my mind well will guess that I took this vignette. It is a special image to me and one that I will treasure for many years to come.
I think it encapsulates all that is wonderful about having Autism in my field. I framed the image having assessed the surroundings obsessively — the taller growth in the bottom left perfectly complements that in the top right corner, the background allows for glistening bokeh which adds to the mystical narrative and the canopy above provides light in exactly the right places, and blocks it in others. I do not simply walk up and take an image, I scan my surroundings extensively, a trait which is exhausting on one hand, but extremely beneficial on the other.
I always knew that creating a black-and-white image of an animal known mainly for its arresting colour would be difficult, but I think this is a very special image.
After many years of social exclusion, I have finally found my calling and the obsessive and non-stop nature of my mind is being put to good use in the creation of these vignettes. I am a dreamer, and I am living my dream.