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Matt, 31, doesn’t speak, and Jimmie, 36, speaks only a little. Both had big smiles on their faces, their eyes lit up and taking in their surroundings.

While Brian is a thoughtful, patient man who enjoys landscape shots, James, 35, spent much of his morning hamming it up for passers-by.

“Thank you, mister!” James called out to a man who inadvertently walked through one of his shots.

He uttered a low “wow” as he craned his neck to watch a pretty woman walk by.

“James, he likes to talk,” said Agymang Nkrumah, a job coach with the agencywho works with Brian and James and accompanied the men on their trip. “He makes you happy. Everything James sees he wants to take a picture.”

Mr. Nkrumah said that in the five years he has been working at the agency, he has seen improvements with the men when they go to work.

James and Brian have part-time jobs at the Olney Theatre and at a local recreation center.

“We try to get individuals we serve into the community and show to the community that individuals with autism are part of it,” Mr. Paregol said.

The InFocus Project is another way to do that.

When the men finish editing their work, they’ll post the photographs to an online store for purchase. The photographers print, mount, frame and ship all the orders. A $5,000 donation given in 2010 by the Letaw Family Foundation helped cover the cost of editing and printing equipment.

John Boit, a spokesman for the autism agency, said an exhibit featuring the men’s work was held last year at a D.C. studio.

A photograph taken by Matt was used by the high-end travel magazine CEO Traveler with an article about the cherry blossoms.

“They needed a photograph of cherry blossoms,” Mr. Boit said. “He was credited as a photographer. It had nothing to do with the fact he’s autistic.”