12-Year-Old Boy With Autism Who Photographs Toy Cars as if They Were Life-Size Launching Photography Book

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.

You can find Schmidt’s Kickstarter here. A donation of $50 will see you as one of the first to receive a copy of the book. See more of his work on his Instagram.

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Eric Salas's picture

Bravo, this is what I like to see.

Now all we gotta do is support him later when/if he moves up to a DSLR/Mirrorless and the photography world has some more happiness.

Tony Stoffle's picture

There's even a rainbow in the VW campervan shot, love it,

Ariel C's picture

Pretty awesome. !!!
And some cool pics too

Denis Trudeau's picture

Very cool, i love it

Mutley Dastardly's picture

I absolutely love this kind of creativity.

stuartcarver's picture

Hopefully the book sales will allow him to get kitted out with whatever he needs to carry on the great work. If ever someone deserved a proper camera it’s this lad.

Darren Loveland's picture

Now this is a good article.

Rod Kestel's picture

Terrific stuff.
Most likely they are refering to aspergers and you will probably know at least one, even if you don't realise. As the father of one, I've learned the signs.

Their obsessive focus on a narrow range of topics often combined with high intelligence makes them formidable achievers, and many great people in history are probably asperger.

Other clues are they are poor at reading social cues. You'll notice Anthony does not seem to make eye contact (tho hard to tell from the vid); my daughter listens attentively (if she's interested) but doesn't watch so well; often they are have below average gross motor skills and look a fraction clumsy when walking. A few more things besides that makes them exceptional.