An autistic boy who has been enjoying photography throughout the lockdown has been left overwhelmed by hundreds of comments he received about his work, writes Ellie Danemann.
Lucas Walton, 13, of Farnsfield, started snapping a few years ago as a hobby. Since then, he’s got himself a professional Canon camera and has acquired a real passion for photography.
“He captures things that some people just would not see,” said his mum, Marie.
“It has made him more independent and has made him want to go outside more.
“For someone who does struggle with confidence he is just absolutely overwhelmed with the responses.
“Despite what he deals with, he’s such a sweet loving caring boy, There’s not a teacher at school that doesn’t love him, he just doesn’t have any confidence.
“Living in our beautiful village, he captures so much beauty around us and he loves doing it. It’s like therapy for him.
“I posted a photo on my Facebook the other night and the response was unreal. Lucas couldn’t quite believe what they were all saying.”
The photo is of an atmospheric Southwell Minster, with a dark and dusty filter.
The Southwell Minster Facebook page has now shared the photo.
It has garnered more support than most other posts in its page.
Marie said: “He should be really proud of himself as he’s doing something so positive in a bad situation.
“Because of covid, we are all struggling and I think Lucas felt very isolated and this has really kept him going.”
Lucas, who attends Minster School, Southwell, has now decided to pursue a career in photography and will be taking GCSE photography. He is also to start up an Instagram dedicated to his work.
Lucas has always been in to cooking and is hoping to combine his two loves by becoming a food photographer.
Once the lockdown is lifted, he hopes to travel to other places to take photos.
Following the response to Lucas’ photos, his family contacted Canon UK and the company was delighted to see his pictures.
It has even asked to use his photos in a showcase of work.