WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - As tourists from all over the world witness the 100th year of the famed cherry blossoms, a group of photographers with autism is also taking aim with their cameras at the District's most celebrated trees.
On Wednesday at the Tidal Basin, photographers Brian, James, Matt and Jimmie photographed the cherry blossoms with their Nikon Coolpix L18's.
"This is a chance for Washington to see how individuals with autism view the cherry blossoms through their own lenses," said Ian Paregol, Executive Director of Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC), who accompanied the photographers.
This is the second year this group of photographers has participated in shooting the cherry blossoms. Photos from last year's shoot were featured at a D.C. art show, and one photo was recently featured in a story about the cherry blossoms by a publication for executive travelers.
The photographers are enrolled in CSAAC's "InFocus Project" that enables individuals with autism to build business-venture skills by creating unique items to sell in an online store as well as assisting with packaging and mailing items to donors.
To view profiles of the photographers or to learn more about the InFocus Project, go to www.csaac.org/infocus/index.htm