More than one in a hundred people, of all ages, abilities and backgrounds are living with autism and one of the central features of the condition is difficulty communicating and forming relationships with other people. Just meeting someone else’s gaze causes many autistic people overwhelming anxiety.
For the last 3 years, Colin Potsig has been using the processes of portrait photography to challenge this aspect of his own autism. He has found that with the camera ‘in between’ he is able to engage people with a directness and intensity that would otherwise be utterly impossible.
For this series he has approached autistic people who are carving out successful professional careers, both despite and because of their autism.
He meets, interviews and photographs his sitters with a spirit of exploration, enquiry and collaboration, to produce a series of truly compelling images that will encourage contemplation, dialogue and deeper understanding.
‘You, Me and Autism Too’ has been made possible by funding from Arts Council England. In addition, Colin Potsig has received valuable assistance from Spectrum Enterprises CIC, a specialist employment agency for people with autism and Asperger Syndrome.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Colin Potsig is a photographer based in North East England. He was diagnosed with autism at 37 years old. In his early 40’s, Colin started to use the processes of formal portrait photography to challenge his condition. One of the key characteristics of autism is difficulty communicating and forming relationships with other people. For Colin, to fleetingly meet someone’s gaze in a greeting can be overwhelming and cause enormous anxiety. But despite these obstacles and with a growing sense of purpose he has collaborated with his sitters to create the ‘You, Me and Autism Too’ Exhibition.