12-year-old with autism has a unique way to provide a window into his world

Anthony Schmidt takes pictures of classic cars that leave thousands of fans in awe. # k5evening

WOODINVILLE, Wash – To get the best photos of vintage cars, photographer Anthony Schmidt must first find the perfect angle. One that usually means getting close to the ground.

You see, the cars he shoots are toys selected from a sizable collection that he keeps in what he calls a showroom.

We asked him how many cars he had. “Like 681,” he said.

Anthony knows the year, make, and model of each.

“It was a 1957 Chevrolet Cameo,” he told us as we picked it up at random.

“A 1965 Shelby cobra.”

“A 1971 Chevrolet Camaro supercar.”

The first things he learned were talking about different makes and models,” his mother Ramona Schmidt tells us. “We just assumed we had a genius on our hands. We couldn’t believe it. We were just shocked that he was so smart.”

He’s smart enough, but Anthony has also been diagnosed with autism.

“For him, it’s really the feeling of going through the roof,” his mother said. “It’s almost as if the dial has been turned on over everything – the sounds and smells can be overwhelming.”

At the age of 6, Anthony found a solution: take pictures of his cars.

“He sees details that others don’t,” his mother added. “It’s really fun to see things from his perspective, you know?”

Anthony has no favorites. “I like every car the way it is,” he said. “Every car in the world.”

And people love the way his photos are. Anthony has thousands of followers on Instagram and Facebook. He’s sold hundreds of calendars and even has a Kickstarter campaign to help him publish a book on the coffee table.

Every scene is a thrill for Anthony’s mother. “It was a small window into his world,” she said.

A world appreciated by more people every day.

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