I’m not sure if photography is an anxiety killer, per se, but there’s little question that shooting with the DSLR is attention-narrowing and stimuli-filtering in ways which suit my autistic brain. When I had a more serious hobby, I’ve no doubt that these aspects of the mental and physical act of photography are how I could survive shooting amongst the crowds of marches and protests or comic book convention show floors. My autism and comorbid anxiety diagnoses mean that I suffer from feeling like I am on display in public or social arenas. The focus (no pun) from engaging in photography in a sense makes you feel invisible. You’re not really aware of other people—and out of sight is out of mind—so, internally, it’s as if they aren’t aware of you either.
Autism Mental Health Photography