12-Year-Old With Autism Takes Incredible Photos Of Toy Cars
Anthony Schmidt works very hard to get just the right angle when taking pictures of classic cars. At times, this means getting close to the ground.
It isn’t full-sized cars that he is snapping pictures of, they are toy cars from his personal collection that are kept in his “showroom.”
When he was asked how many cars he had, he replied, “About like 681.”
Anthony is intimately familiar with each of the vehicles, knowing the make and model.
“That’s a 1957 Chevrolet Cameo,” he said as random cars were selected.
“A 1965 Shelby Cobra.”
“A 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Supersport.”
“The first things he learned to say were the different makes and models of cars,” his mother, Ramona Schmidt, said. “We just assumed we had a genius on our hands. We couldn’t believe it. We were just in shock that he was that smart.”
Anthony is incredibly smart and he is also diagnosed with autism.
“For him, it’s really the sensory stuff that is through the roof,” his mother said. “It’s almost as if the dial has been turned up on everything – the sights, the sounds, and the smells can be so overwhelming.”
At only six years of age, Anthony found something that worked well for him: Taking pictures of his cars.
“He sees details that others don’t see,” his mother adds. “It’s really fun to see things from his perspective, you know?”
None of his cars are better in his eyes than others.
“I like every car in the way it looks,” he says, “Every car in the whole world.”
He has also sold hundreds of calendars and a Kickstarter campaign was established to help him publish a coffee table book.
Every picture that Anthony takes is loved by his mother.
“It’s a little window into his world,” she says.
I think even more people are appreciating his world every day.