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The Autistic Brain

Photos 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 these photos: “​​I edited these in Photoshop of a tree bald of its leaves. It reminded me of the inside of the human brain. Autistic people have a lot of “branches” that don’t get pruned as the brain grows. 

What I like about the second version is that yes I see the branches, but I also see the energy of a brain that never shuts down.”

More from autisticaplanet at her website.


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10 comments on “The Autistic Brain

  1. nerdycanuck
    November 12, 2014

    This is fascinating, its’ so interesting. thanks for sharing. I will check out the gallery and photos.


    • autisticaplanet
      November 13, 2014

      Thank you for your kind comment! 🙂


  2. blueribbonfair
    November 12, 2014

    Cool images.


    • autisticaplanet
      November 13, 2014

      Thank you for your kind comment 🙂


  3. equipmentru
    November 13, 2014



  4. imaginarytree
    November 13, 2014

    These are wonderful intricate images. Thank you.

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  5. Lady_K
    November 13, 2014

    Having a son on the Autistic spectrum, I can totally relate to this.


    • autisticaplanet
      November 24, 2014

      I’m happy to hear this 🙂


  6. JRollendz
    November 14, 2014

    Very relatable


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