The 35-year-old artistâ€™s autistic disorder affects his ability to interact with other people. It has also given him a photographic memory â€“ and a gift for putting it on paper.
Autistic people who inÂ century’sÂ gone by were oftenÂ condemnedÂ and shunned asÂ disabled, but have in recent timesÂ notablyÂ shown they have a very special gift of seeing the world differently. Seeing the world as objects and in fine detail, which is also why they lack social skills as they perceive people as objects too. The autistic people who have learned to refine their skills are known as ‘savants’ and include people who canÂ re-siteÂ musical masterpieces just fromÂ hearingÂ them once, and artists such as Stephen Wiltshire in this case
â€œI just looked without drawing,â€ said Wiltshire as he explained how he is able to draw the skyline without referring back to a photograph of the city. â€œEverything is like a TV show,â€ he said. â€œI have never drawn from a sketchbook.â€
Wiltshire originally from London is creating the image at the Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, where the public can watch him work through Friday afternoon.
Source: NY Daily News