A 12-year-old boy who is on the autism spectrum has found an escape in the form of taking photos of his toy cars and making them look lifelike. Photographing the model vehicles has helped him cope with his everyday struggles, and he has now raised over $43,000 to fund a coffee table book of his work.
Armed with his mother’s iPhone, Anthony Schmidt likes to create images of the miniature cars that look as if they’re life-sized. His mother says his interest in cars started early on in his life and that shortly after he began talking, he could name various different brands and models of vehicle. “It’s in his blood,” she’s quoted as saying.
His Instagram page currently contains over 2,200 pictures and boasts almost 9,000 followers.
And now, using Kickstarter, he has raised over $43,000 (£35,500), more than double his goal, in order to publish a photo book of his work. A great deal of attention was drawn to his project late last year, when local TV station Q13 FOX ran an interview with him.