The Human Camera

I was blown away after hearing Stephen Wiltshire's remarkable story. He's an incredible man who defies the impossible with his genius artistic talent and a memory that puts Rain Man to shame. Obviously this was something I had to include in le blog.

Wiltshire was mute when he was diagnosed autistic at the age of three. He was put into special schools in London, England where his teachers encouraged him to draw. Throughout his childhood he slowly came to realize his extraordinary artistic abilities.

Wiltshire can draw intricate and detailed landscapes after just seeing it once. He needs only to look at a building or complete cityscape for a few minutes before sketching it for days based entirely from his memory.

In 2005, he drew Tokyo on a 10-foot-long canvas in seven days following a short helicopter ride over the city. This was his longest panoramic memory drawing and since then he's captured Rome, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Madrid, Dubai, Jerusalem and London. I can't even remember what I had for breakfast this morning and this guy drew Rome in such detail that he included the exact number of columns in the Pantheon.

He was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to art and shorty after opened his permanent gallery in the Royal Opera Arcade in London. You better believe I'm finding his gallery next time I venture to London to see these masterpieces up close.

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