Autism & Anxiety Visualized
As an autistic, I am a contradiction: needing to experience the world and all its beauties yet fearing what it does to me. Each experience is an attack on my senses. Things I desire invoke panic. Social interactions confuse me and leave me drained.
When I first heard the song Overwhelmed, by Royal and the Serpent, I immediately related to it. At some point, I realized why I liked it so much. It does not judge; it simply is. The realization that I do not have to fight against the symptoms I struggle with took an enormous weight off of me. I could choose to be okay with feeling not okay.
I hoped to capture beauty through the lens of unease in this project, a visual representation of my daily life. Although the words and photos may seem negative, they are simply truths, presented with acceptance and a bit of hope that perhaps I will get to a place where I can truly be the adventurous extrovert I am.
Listen to Overwhelmed here
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"Oh, I should be fine but it's all too much."
"I get overwhelmed so easily."
"My anxiety creeps inside of me. Makes it hard to breathe."
"Keeps me silent when I try to speak."
"Out it's so loud it's like my ears are bleeding.
The light is so bright it's like I'm overheating."
"Nobody gets it, say I'm too sensitive."
"And crowds are shut down I’m overstimulated."
"I should be fine, but I'm not."
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