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Photographer captures the heartache of having a child with autism

A photographer has captured the heartache of having a child with autism in a series of provocative images.

A photographer has captured the heartache of having a child with autism in a series of provocative images.
Entitled 'Women who cry quietly: A mother's turmoil', the pictures are the brainchild of Queensland woman Tanya Giles-Hilder, the founder of Beyond the Spectrum Photography, and mum to a beautiful son who has autism.
Tanya teamed up with two friends to shoot several women, all struggling with their own personal crises, to help others understand that it is okay to cry.
"How often, as women, do we open our hearts to each other without judgement?" Tanya says. "There are many women who cry quietly, who are too ashamed or embarrassed to share their feelings, or fear they will be judged, so suffer in silence.
"Life with a child with special needs is filled with light and love, but also with dark thoughts and much turmoil. I know from experience that you need help to move through those dark places and that is what this collection is about: sharing the darkness of our thoughts so we can all say, together, that everything is okay."

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