Drawing on findings of a qualitative and exploratory study on the everyday photography of four young male adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), this article examines the different ways the digital camera acts between ASD people and their social worlds. Performing as a mediator and filter, this chapter suggests that the camera facilitates autistic people’s being-in- the-world and that the medium is a way to extend perception and exercise some control over how ASD people experience the world. As a biologically based, lifelong neurological spectrum disorder, autism affects how a person makes sense of the world, processes information, and relates to other people. ASD affects individuals in many different ways and to varying degrees with research demonstrating that autistic people do not look, perceive, or see in the same way. Hence, the camera provides a context in which participants are enabled to experiment with the medium in order to illustrate their ways of seeing, and diverse social and personal realities. Consequently, this chapter is concerned with photography as a cultural and social practice, and how the camera is interwoven with the rhetoric of seeing and the experience of other sensory modalities in people’s with ASD everyday life. Accordingly, while perception is intrinsic to being, and the lived body mediates the senses, this chapter demonstrates that the camera as a photographic technology is a supplement to perceiving the world, mediating individuals’ presence in the world.
|Title of host publication||The Camera as Actor|
|Subtitle of host publication||Photography and the Embodiment of Technology|
|Editors||Amy Cox Hall|
|Place of Publication||Abingdon|
|Publisher||Routledge. Taylor & Francis|
|Number of pages||23|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Nov 2020|