is an ongoing photographs project by American photographer Ashly Stohl who takes pictures of his son with a darth vader helmet.
This project is the result of layered seeing as a mother and participant observer of her youngest child, Charlie. Charlie sees the world differently as he is navigating life with ocular albinism, but the poignant and humorous juxtapositions of the Darth Vader mask and a little boy in the real world allow for a sense of normalcy–the fact that he has challenges with his eyesight does factor into the scenarios. They simply allow us to remember the yin and yang of childhood.
Ashly Stohl was born and raised in the City of Angels. She earned a BS in chemistry from UCSB, but spent more time with the creative crowd from Brooks Institute of Photography. After college, she returned to L.A. and put her science education to use, creating award-winning educational websites for NASA’s Mars Program Office.
She embraced photography as an escape from the demands of being a mother, yet motherhood is the inescapable lens through which she views her subjects. She examines community as an extension of the family, and believes that the families and people create for themselves can be as revealing as the ones to which they were born.
More about Ashly Stohl and her works here.