Photo taken by autisticaplanet, a 33-year-old woman who has Asperger’s Syndrome and accompanying anxiety related to social and sensory issues. She also has OCD. She writes a blog to pass along lifelong lessons to help those, adults in particular, dealing with Asperger’s. She hopes to help neurotypical people better understand the “complexities within the complexities” of autism spectrum disorders. She’s had a passion for capturing images since childhood, when her father bought her a Kodak 110 on vacation. She has been told that she sees and captures what others overlook or miss. Her work has been featured in the Daily Herald as well as The MAAP Newsletter (an online newsletter for those with ASD and those who love them, www.aspergersyndrome.org).
About this photo: “I took this shot through stained glass while on a recent Holiday excursion. As a person on the autism spectrum, I find color represents moods and sensations experienced by someone with autism: different outlook on the world is represented by the partial obscured glass. In a single moment, color also represents several sensory experiences such as touch and visual. The colors also represent intensity and complexity in thoughts, many becoming jumbled together. This makes focus very hard for me as I can become easily lost in high-anxiety, hyper-vigilance and moods such as feeling giddy and reverent at the same time. These are my “complexities within the complexities of autism”. Using my ear-gear, I was able to take part in a very public and high sensory environment. I also think this shows balance of both the downside and upside of having an ASD.“