Adventure Photographer Thomas W.P. Slatin’s Photography Work To Be Highlighted Weekly, Beginning August 28
Thomas W.P Slatin is a well-known master photographer, who takes photographs of otherwise abandoned properties and historic places, in the hopes of restoration. His landscape and portrait photographs often include wildlife, as he has an innate ability to get close enough to them to take photographs, without disturbing them in their natural environments.
Speaking of urban exploration photography, Slatin appreciates photographing industrial properties given that they are similar to some of the sites that he and his father, the late Dr. Harvey L. Slatin (an American physicist and inventor), had visited when Slatin was a child and young adult.
According to Thomas Slatin, “The last decade of consisting of various photo shoots, has been a gradual turning point in my career. I have utilized the last decade to truly hone my skills, by specializing in a handful of specific photographic interests; and in doing so, I have finally reached what I refer to as the pinnacle in my career which is that of a master photographer, in both film and digital.” Speaking of his love for photography, which started as a child, when he would wander off to explore various properties that he would choose to photograph, “I love what I do in terms of exploring properties, now as an adult with permission of course. I also love the response that my photography often evokes when others see my work and the properties I have explored.” Continuing, “In recent years I have had to choose my titles very carefully in terms of my adventure/urban exploration photography, at the request of the property owners for obvious reasons – to prevent things such as vandalism, or general liability.” Slatin continued, “Despite that obscurity, every so often someone will recognize the location and then, contact me privately to share a story from their life of when they occupied or visited the space that I photographed. I love this and it’s absolutely incredible to take photographs where others recognize the property, or having been there, where the photos provide a trip down memory lane for them, so to speak.”
The forthcoming article series discussing Thomas W.P. Slatin’s photography work, will feature photographs from at least one photo shoot per year from his portfolio of work, beginning with 2010. The articles will be published each Thursday beginning August 28, 2020. His photography will be discussed, providing insight from Slatin about each unique location that he explored and the results – the photographs. Each story will include the technical aspects that Slatin applied to obtain the stunning photographs, as he discusses pre-production through post production of each photo shoot, as well as some additional historic details about the properties that have an inspiring significance.
A few of the photo shoots to be discussed in the forthcoming weeks include: the exploration of an abandoned lodge; the Imperial Baths of the historic Hotel Adler property located in Sharon Springs, New York, which operated until 2004; The Fownes Textile Mill in Amsterdam, New York; The Westholm Hotel, located in Stamford, New York; an abandoned property in Dilley, Texas; Pemaquid Point located in Bristol, Maine which is part of his landscape, adventure photographer collection; The Penn Hills Resort, and much more.
Slatin’s work, ranging from urban exploration/adventure photography to stunning landscape and portrait photography, show the diversity and passion of a photographer who is truly engaged in work that he enjoys and finds to be purposeful.
The article series is one to be appreciated by other photographers, such as photographers who enjoy seeing another photographer’s work, or perhaps for photographers who are starting out, with a desire to learn more about urban exploration and adventure photography. The series will also appeal to people who like to follow historic properties due to general interest or intrigue, as well as perhaps of interest to those who reside in the towns where the historic properties are located, who they want to learn more about the history of the town and its’ properties.
Not all of the properties in Slatin’s massive portfolio of photographic work are still in existence, in this case the photographs truly serve to document properties, in an effort to preserve their history. This is the case for The Westholm Hotel, which was a desired destination in its’ heyday for visitors from New York City and beyond. This hotel was located in Upstate New York’s Catskill Mountains. Other properties which Slatin has photographed in the past decade are still in existence. Some may be in a state where restoration of the property is still possible.
Passionate about his work, photography is an interest that Thomas Slatin had since he was a child, when his father gifted him his first camera. Slatin states, “Although my dad was a scientist, (speaking of the late Dr. Harvey L. Slatin), specifically a physicist and inventor regarding various electroplating processes, he was an avid photographer himself, as was his father’s best friend and colleague, Arthur S, Covert.” Stating, “My father and his best friend taught me everything I know about film photography and darkroom development. My interest in photography, to include digital photography, started in childhood and I am thankful to have made photography a viable and worthwhile career as an adult.” According to Slatin, he is looking forward to discussing his work in photography over the last decade in the forthcoming series, so that he can share his work with many others who will also appreciate it.
Slatin concludes, “It’s the little things that I see that most people don’t. Like the way birds fly backwards, forwards, and seemingly fall. How butterflies dance around in the air as if they’re weightless, and how flowers sway organically in the wind. Perhaps I care too much, and dive too deep.” —Thomas Slatin