Anthony Schmidt is that boy, the one who loves cars so much, he has collected die-cast metal toy replicas numbering in the hundreds.
But his car play changed the day he picked up his mother’s iPhone. Anthony started photographing the miniatures from a perspective that fools the eye and makes them appear full-size and sumptuous.
That perspective also is shaped through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy on the autism spectrum.
Anthony Schmidt car photos on Kickstarter
Anthony, of Woodinville, Washington, is raising money on Kickstarter to publish a book of his favorite images. Backers can get the book for $50. There are also prints available for sale as part of the campaign.
With 10 days left, he has more than doubled his goal amount.
“The first words he learned to speak were the makes and models of cars,” Anthony’s mother told Q14 Fox News in a video posted below. “He has so many struggles but there is this one thing he is really good at.”
Once she began to see his photos, his mother showed him how to work with them on the computer to emphasize color, detail and light. Anthony says many people on the autism spectrum often hyperfocus on one subject or aspect of life. His focus just happens to fall on cars of all kinds and imagining them cast as part of a story.
The Kickstarter campaign features a powerful video that tells some of Anthony’s story. There is also a preview of some of the photos to be found in the book. A deeper dive into his photos can be found on his website or his Instagram feed with more than 2,200 photos.
With the money already raised, Anthony’s book is headed to the printers. If production stays on schedule, the book will ship in August.