Friday, June 12, 2009

A wise man once said ...

The photograph I’ve modified for this posting was one of many that I received via e-mail in a slideshow presentation. The photographs were amazing! The last slide said, “My name is Patrick Notley. I am Autistic and I produced this slide show for you. Please send it round the World. Let beauty shine through at last.”

I’ve discovered that the slideshow is a mixture of photos from various photographers. I don't know who took the photograph of the owl, but it seems to me that Patrick Notley has done just what he says at the end of his presentation. He simply produced the slide show, not the photos themselves. The variety of places, situations, and the choice of subjects suggests that the photos are the work of several photographers. I may be wrong, but I doubt whether a person who has autism could pull this off unaided. The entire slideshow can be viewed and downloaded at

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Andrea Murrhteyn said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Interesting Info:

Autism Day happens to be 18 June; which is also Phi Day. Phi being the Golden Mean, also known as the Golden Ratio, which is directly related to the Fibonacci Sequence (which made 'fame' via Dan Browns, The Da Vinci Code).

If you've spent a bit of reading on Secret Society paranoia or anniversary ritual theory/practice; then you also find some interesting synchronicities occuring on 18 June, as there do on other Secret Society sacred days; which is rather interesting about the owl (not of course necessarily intentional), cause the owl is a very sacred Secret Society symbol, and heavily present at the Bohemian Grove Secret Society celebrations in N. California, once a year.

Anyway, among others the number 18 also represents the poker hand of ACES and EIGHTS, also known as Dead Mans Hand; since it was the hand that Wild Bill Hickock had, when he was shot in the back, by some nasty people who did not want him to become the new Sherriff; way back in the Wild West Days.

Anyway.. bit of useless or reasonably interesting info.. ; or not... :-)

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Dear Andrea,
Thanks for popping in, and for providing this interesting info. I have yet to read and absorb all the contents on your excellent web site at

The Anderson Files said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

I like this Glenn

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Seems this powerpoint (by Patrick Notley) may be stolen photos. More than one person claims to have created the slideshow also. These photos are listed under a couple of people and some have claimed it as their work stolen from a photo expo in Germany. Here are several references:
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Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Dear Anonymous, thanks for visiting this blog and also for providing the links.

The Bugler said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

You are correct...Numerous people have stated that he only ever claimed to have put a slide show together and emailed it. He is very upset by the references he stole anything! He should be celebrated for his endeavours not vilified...I for one have enjoyed seeing them...

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Actually, it's not totally improbable that someone w/ autism could have pulled it off. Some autistic individuals have excellent technical skills. My autistic son has an amazing eye for any beauty and goes bonkers for fashion and gardening magazines.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Hi Anonymous,

Thanks for popping in and pointing this fact out.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

He used other photographer's work - this we know. If he did not receive permission to use them from the individual photographer's, then he stole them - plain and simple. Copyright infringement doesn't get any clearer than this.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

He quite clearly states that he Produced this slide show. I found the production of photographs inspiring. The gentleman truly has an eye for serenity and beauty.

Anna said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

And I say Woo-Hoo! What incredibly Beautiful images!
How wonderful that we can simply enjoy these images, the feelings they provoke and instill within each of us... that is a wonder in itself.
Regardless of whether Patrick Notley shot, developed or compiled these images - or not - I hope we can all at the very least acknowledge the incredibly Beauty of them.

And how nice it will be should we then have a thought of autistics and their abilities ... and realize that some of the greatest, most brilliant minds in this century, celebrated by society, are, in fact, minds of autistic individuals.

Ultimately, the whole point of this presentation is for us to enjoy the beauty of these photos. I, for one, am doing just that!

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

If he didn't produce the photos, then he (at the very least) should have given credit to each photographer. Personally I would love to follow up on work by most of those people.

Just putting together a slideshow and publishing in a way that makes it appear to be his work is misleading... and theft.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Thank you July 16 Anonymous for pointing out that a person with autism COULD pull this off unaided. I think the author's belief that this could not be done by someone on the spectrum is a blatant example of society's ignorance of the capabilities of those with disabilities. My son also has autism and the written work he produces has been selected in the USA for publication. They are talented, brilliant and inspiring individuals and, in many cases, far more intelligent than both of us.


Ming on Mongo said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Beautiful as the slide show may be, It's obvious to anyone working in the visual arts that there are just too many different styles going on, to all be the work of a single individual. Although I don't doubt that Mr. Notley genuinely sees nothing wrong with what he's done here.

Oddly and perhaps tragically enough, this is an excellent example of one of Autism's primary traits, which is a heightened sense of literalism and over-focus, that simply doesn't "get" social cues or much of society's conventions... like crediting "other" artists' work whenever you re-use it to create your own.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

I, too, am the parent of a child with Autism who 1) has a 150 IQ so please don't confuse Autism with persistive vegetative states and 2) is quite a talented artist - at 11 years old and with no training, he's knocking off copies of Van Gogh and Monet just by looking at them once. He reproduces music by ear. He's got the highest GPA in his grade.

As for the hard core die hards on here that want to get off on a theft tangent, shut up. Don't you have a better cause to invest your enthusiasm in? They're not YOUR pictures so let the photographers handle it if they so choose.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

I totally agree with the above posting dated February 1, 2011 1:05 PM

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Totally appreciated all of this, but can anybody help me getting in contact of photographers of "Man blowing dust" and "Bold headed boy"? - Appricate assistance. Thanks.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog


Oh, I see, if someone is autistic that gives them a free pass to misuse other people's work, to steal in other words? You might want to rethink your ethics..

Karen T said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

The photographs are made by German photographer Laoen. Patrick Notley did provide credit to the artists...the artists name is written on the photos, as required by copy write laws. All ya gotta do is Google instead of argue about something that are apparently false accusations of copy wright infringement.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

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