Today I’ve been in Bridgend at ARC delivering a two hour taster workshop looking at using photography for self-discovery and self-improvement. The photographs created are not obvious in their message but are personal for all sorts of reasons to the people involved.
This workshop was a social group opportunity for people on the autistic spectrum to engage with others and was organised through ASDES. Participants followed several themes exploring their own personal development. They discovered how to view their own environment in new and interesting ways and they realised that self-portraiture can be empowering. Lots of new technical skills were learned by beginners as well as those a little more experienced with the camera.
People on the autistic spectrum often find it difficult to communicate so creating photographs to explain an idea is a simple way to break down those communication barriers. Looking at photographs and talking about them provides a focus on which a conversation can be based. This is a lot easier for participants than trying to come up with small talk unaided… and it’s fun!