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Total Recall: The Living Camera

Kuala Lumpur Skyline as seen by Stephen WiltshireMany years ago, I saw the following video for the first time. Well, I think the video below is the one I saw many years ago. I didn’t have an immediate use for the video, but I knew I would refer to it in the future. Maybe I would watch it again, or perhaps I would share it with a few people. At first, I didn’t know it was possible to download a video or bookmark a website. With a little help, I found and downloaded free software that allowed me to save the video. I also learned to bookmark the site where I found the video. Since I am now writing about savants, I wanted to embed the following video in a post.

I accidentally and irreparably damaged my computer after I downloaded the video and bookmarked the website, so I no longer had the video, artist’s name, or URL where I originally found the video. Thankfully, Bing quickly found the video by searching the internet with the few clues I gave it.

With the help of family, friends, and professionals, Stephen Wiltshire opened a gallery and began selling his drawings. He has now been interviewed by researchers, media, and people who are interested in his art.


  1. What could you do to turn your adverse situations into positive situations?
  2. If you had to guess, would you say Stephen Wiltshire focuses on what he cannot do or what he can do?

Thanks to Stephen Wiltshire for providing the picture I used in this post. Thanks to YouTube, the researchers, pilot, announcer, and all the other people who made it possible for me to include the video I used in this post.

Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

4 Responses to “Total Recall: The Living Camera”

  • Ramesh says:

    Simply unbelievable.His visual perception must be highly evolved and must have taken up the speech area.He can find a place in the US air force or army for counter intelligence.Is he a MUTANT sort?

    • Scott says:

      Ramesh, I believe Stephen Wiltshire is a British citizen. As such, it is highly unlikely he would join the U.S. military machine. I like the idea you have of applying his skills to the military, but I am quite happy he chose to use his talents for a non-violent cause. ~ Scott

  • Stanley says:


    • Scott says:

      Stanley, I agree with you. I don’t understand how a person can do this. If you have a moment, look at some of the other pieces drawn by Stephen Wiltshire. Each drawing is equally amazing.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.