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.