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Letters In Nature (Autistic Photographs by Noah E Starr)

Noah E Starr Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010

Letters In Nature (Autistic Photographs by Noah E Starr)

My kid is a better photographer than I am. I've been jogging in this park for years and never once noticed a letter in nature. We weren't through the fence two minutes when he demanded the camera and wandered off to do his thing. I remember him saying "W" and his little brother Stephen repeat the letter several times, yet thought nothing of it until I downloaded the simm card into my laptop. Wait until you see my upcoming post of Noah's latest points of view... I have to post a couple here just to tease you of the images to come (LOL). ;-)

Mr. Autism has discovered his calling. If Mr. PDD-NOS follows along behind him I am going to have a field day hunting eye candy with the wee people this year.

As far as I am concerned, Noah deserves his own hyper-local series and I am going to give it to him one post at a time. I may turn it into a publishing project. His work would make a beautiful coffee book and would also bring Autism/PDD-NOS issues to light. Even when people don't want to be bothered by my kid sticking a camera in their face he finds something interesting to capture (LOL). He was quite charming about it and readily shared what he was capturing. It made a lot of people smile today.

Noah E Starr Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010

Can you say, "Talk to the hand?" (ROTFLMAO). The little girl in the playground soon befriended him when she realized all we were doing were taking pictures and filming clips while Stephen ran a mini-marathon around us.

People become curious when you don't talk and just capture the moment. They want to see what you see and she was shocked at his shots. If a kid with speech delays can get another kid excited about photography, imagine who else he might be able to excite if I keep encouraging to express himself through art...

I shall show you more of what he saw a later on tonight. I may be biased but I think my boy is amazing with his curiosity and attention to detail... Here is one more peek at his work until I sort through the 75 shots taken today. Some of them are mad blurry. He got so close to some objects that I have no idea what they are...

I am really beginning to enjoy discovering what he sees when he looks up and zooms down. :-) If you are going to teach a child photography, the magic hour before sunset is the best time to have them discover the value of dramatic lighting and how not using a flash will color your world in the most unexpected ways...

Noah E Starr Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010

Noah E Starr Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010



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Comment balloon 18 commentsC Tann-Starr • January 21 2010 08:00PM


I think the best thing is that he doesn't take the usual photos - the things are are expected, but just photographs what he sees that is interesting.  I think you may be raising an artist!

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) almost 11 years ago

How old is Noah? Keep encouraging, you may have another Ansel Adams.

Posted by Brenda Archambault (The Real Estate Investment Institute) almost 11 years ago

C-Noah is so lucky to have you as his mom.  A especially like the close up of the twigs.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 11 years ago


These are awesome photographs. That kid has a real eye for eye candy!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) almost 11 years ago

Love looking though Noah's young eyes. You are awesome to allow this exploration of his talent!

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 11 years ago


An autistic photographic servant?

I use to teach 4-H kids photography, none were this good.

How is he in a darkroom? Can he apply such a talented eye to cropping?


PS: As I watch the spell-checker run, I realize I just dated myself. Does anyone use darkrooms? >:)

Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) almost 11 years ago

Wow, wow, wow.

That is really really good.

Good job, Noah. You have talent little buddy.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 11 years ago

Where some only see limitations, those who know better see unique precociousness.  Autism, or any disability for that matter, is only a subset of the afflicted person's being, not the defining characteristic that society at large would mistakenly have us believe.  These photos are amazing. 

Posted by Paul Slaybaugh, Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate (Realty Executives) almost 11 years ago

He definitely sees what most people don't. And I'm often looking from behind the lens. My family gets upset when I'm in my own little world, and not interacting with them. But they don't realize that I'm capturing moments. When I look back at my video footage and photos later, I remember that I was there with my family, and it was a happy time =)

P.S. I would have seen the "W"  =P

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) almost 11 years ago

C- Amazing! I love his photos! You can see his spirit, his soul in his photos, What a great eye for depth and shading also. 

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) almost 11 years ago

Our 5 year old on the spectrum also loves the camera. Whatever it does for him, we'll do more. Anything to get him engaged. 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) almost 11 years ago

Those look like crosses. I had to look twice. Awesome pictures he took! :)

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) almost 11 years ago

The crosses are amazing, the perspective unique. Lovely, lovely, lovely!

Posted by Janice Roosevelt, OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker ( Keller Williams Brandywine Valley ) almost 11 years ago

Here's the YouTube with more shots: http://activerain.com/blogsview/1447810/cunningham-park-through-the-eyes-of-a-seven-year-old-noah-e-starr-

Janice, when I first saw them I was wondering where the heck he ran off to until I realized they were the telephone poles (LOL). Then I thought God is amazing. I automatically thought of Jesus and The Cross when I saw that sunset making the cross stand out in such a stunning contrast...

Jackie, thank you. I did a double take myself (LOL).

J. Philip, maybe we can have a playdate when the weather improves and take our wee people out for two hours before sunset so they can capture their world. There are so many lovely places to explore. It would be fun. :-)

Nestor and Katerina, I am beginning to realize I can take their quirky affinity for textures and put it to good use with  letting them run amuck with the cameras. They really like the creative process. They like looking back on our adventures and remembering having a good time. So do I. :-)

Lisa, I know what you mean. There are days Mike hates to see my whip out my camera. He just wants to sit with the kids, not create blog posts to share (LOL). I keep trying to explain to him that this is my electronic diary. My kids are going to grow up and look back on all these adventures and have something really cool to share with their kids. :-)

Paul, I really, really love your way with words. :-)

Thank you, Missy. When he gets in tonight I am going to sit down and read all the comments to him and let him know how much you guys enjoyed his work. I'm thinking he's going to be my Localism buddy. He's ging to be 8 years old soon. I told all my friends to pool and buy him a nice digital camera if they really want to make him happy. I am looking forward to seeing what shorty gets (after all these are the crazy people who blew me away with my Christmas gift of the CS4 Master Collection). ;-)

William, I think you called it. He loves taking pictures and digital photography may be the best thing since peanut butter and jelly for him (LOL).

Margaret, thank you for the kind words. I am going to take them for a ride down I-95. Imagine blogging live with my version of RainMan (LOL). Actually, ActiveRain-Man might make a really cool road trip post. Wanna do a sleep over? My kids really like extended stay hotels. Pick out one for us and call me. Seriously. I am gathering material and think my the time we get to Sunday I'll have enough to put his first book together. Noah's may be published before mine (LMAO). Yeah... I am definitely taking the kids on a road trip. :-)

Richard, he really does. I can't wait for you and Julie to meet him. Will be passing through in February and shall definitely spend the day in GA. You guys are going to love my cousins. That are mad fun (LOL). :-)

Kathy, thank you for the kind words. Quirky kids for a quirky mom. Hmm... (LMAO). God really has a sense of humor, eh? (ROTFL).

Brenda, you may be on to something. My son is 7 about to turn 8. I am tickled pink about getting his work published. I'm thinking mugs, coffee book, calendars and posters. I talked to a friend about having him exhibit in the gallery when I do my show in Soho. We're trying to make this work and I think it will be an amazing experience for him. I want him to go to college or a trade school and I think computers and photography would be a great gig for him. It's what he does anyway. He's a visual learner and I have to figure out how to make audio and the written word mean more to him. I think the more he experiences the more he absorbs. :-)

Susan, I agree. I think the best part of exploring his talent is the surprise I always feel about how he views what he see. He snaps what is important to him. I've seen him run a battery down to take four pictures and I've seen him snap over 400 in a day. :-)


Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

I am blown away - what an awesome mom and an awesome child!  You are both something special!  Thank you for showing us the raw talent of the next star! I think coffe table book is an excellent idea!  What a wonderful way to bring attention to a much needed cause and contribute to the self-confidence and talent of your son.  Let us know when it gets published!

Posted by Sheila Kennedy (J29 Project) almost 11 years ago

C. This is amazing!  This is pretty good work here.  Hope you don't mind if I re-blog it.  .

Posted by C. Lloyd McKenzie, Living Albuquerque over 10 years ago

Hi Carolyn~  My daughter is 28 and is autistic.  I guess it is time I give her the camera and see what she sees!

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 10 years ago

Sheila, thank you for the kind words, they are very much appreciated. :-)

C Lloyd, re-blog away. Noah loves discovering himself on-line. :-)

Vickie, looking forward to seeing what you daughter does. It's interesting to see what they click on. Some shots are blurry because he's in constant motion. Then there are the other shots which really fascinate me. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

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