Hello, I’m Ben, or “Benj” as everyone calls me. It’s not short for anything, it’s my name.

I’m currrently 12 years of age and in secondary school, but not mainstream. I’m autistic, have ADHD and Asperger’s, which makes my behaviour quite challenging sometimes. I don’t see the world the same way everyone else does, and I often don’t “fit in.” I don’t believe we SHOULD have to always fit in to what we’re told, and I constantly question. And that doesn’t make me a bad person.

I’m addicted to gaming and the “buzz” that can bring. But since my dad brought me (begrudgingly) along to his first astronomy and astrophotography talk, I’ve been REALLY interested in taking photos myself and dad has been keen to get me away from being in front of a screen all the time.

Below are the images I’ve taken so far. My first astro photos were of the general area of the Apollo 11 landing site, and my first deep space photo was of the Leo Triplet.