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Safe Inside My Fortress

Photo taken by contributor autisticaplanet, a woman in her thirties 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 has had a passion for capturing images since childhood, when her father bought her a Kodak 110 on vacation. She’s 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, a publication for those with ASD and those who love them.

About this photo: This is a macro taken from a bouquet of Tulips on my kitchen table. ​The center represents to me the Holy Trinity. Shooting inside the flower conveyed the feelings of intimacy and protection I was looking for. The texture of the petals is soft & silky and the light play made this very simple photograph an enjoyable exercise during a difficult time in my life. I lost my mom to pulmonary fibrosis last month.​

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17 comments on “Safe Inside My Fortress

  1. Mind Style
    April 9, 2014

    A lovely description of the photograph. 🙂

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    • autisticaplanet
      April 9, 2014

      Thank you. I’ve been able to practice being concise when posting photos or entering them in contests.

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  2. Developing A New Image
    April 9, 2014

    Beautiful macro, great light…j

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    • autisticaplanet
      April 9, 2014

      Thank you very much! All I did was turn all the incandescent/fluorescent lights on and use the auto flash. I was just relaxing & playing around & I got blessed with the results.

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  3. Paula McLane Jennings
    April 9, 2014

    absolutely stunning photo. So sorry about the loss of your Mother. Mine has been gone since 2003 and I still think of her everyday and still miss her.

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    • autisticaplanet
      April 9, 2014

      I appreciate your condolences. I lost my dad in 1994 & hope I have learned a few things since I was 14.75 years old. I am blessed to have had 2 wonderful parents/friends/role-models in my life. I think the best way we can honor those we love & have learned from is to keep on, building on their example.

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  4. imaginarytree
    April 10, 2014

    I love the lighting and how soft the photograph feels. I can almost feel the swirls of each petal. Very lovely.

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    • autisticaplanet
      April 12, 2014

      Thank you. I am glad this photo is resonating with so many people.

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  5. eLPy
    April 11, 2014

    This is a very beautiful image. It conveys feeling in both emotion and touch, it makes me think of milk really, nourishing & those lotion/soap commercials where they appear to pour milk into the lotion/soap. This is indeed fragile & I like your description of it embodying the Holy Trinity.

    My heart is with you over the loss of your mother. I’m glad you have creativity & photography to channel what you’re feeling. This image looks calming and peaceful. Thank you for sharing even through your pain. Thank you for being strong.

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    • autisticaplanet
      April 12, 2014

      What kind words..they do make a difference. You’re right, the creamy texture of the tulip does remind me of the Olay ads.

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      • eLPy
        April 15, 2014

        Yes, the Olay ads, thank you I couldn’t remember which they were.

        I hope you’re holding strong & look forward to witnessing what inspires you and keeps you sane! 😉 Writing & photography help me as well, I think so many of us can relate on this level.

        Take care!
        eLPy

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      • autisticaplanet
        April 15, 2014

        I just shot 200 frames worth of the same barn, I am keeping busy & hope you are as well :-).

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  6. dishwaterdarling
    April 11, 2014

    What a lovely analogy in photo form. I appreciate your strength and I wish you well.

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    • autisticaplanet
      April 12, 2014

      Thank you!

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  7. themanofletters
    April 13, 2014

    Stunning! I wish you the best with everything.

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    • autisticaplanet
      April 15, 2014

      Thank you! Wishes & prayers are most welcome.

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  8. 4lastday
    April 30, 2014

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