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Thomas Slatin was born and raised in New York City. He started writing and taking photos at the age of eight. In 1996, Thomas designed and published his first personal website, and TomSlatin.com was established in July 1998. He has been employed as a freelance writer, photographer, and website designer in various capacities since age 18.

In July 1998, Thomas was certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Then, in 2001, he became a certified Firefighter. He served 18 years in the fire service, while also pursuing writing, photography, and website design part-time, Shortly after being promoted to the rank of Fire & EMS Lieutenant in 2016, Thomas left the Fire and EMS service to pursue a lifelong dream of being a self-employed writer and photographer.

In 2020, Thomas moved to his forever home in Vermont, and married Amelia Phoenix Desertsong the following year. Together, they travel around New England photographing the small town life and historical landmarks the region has to offer. They plan to travel as much of the United States as possible collecting photos and accounts of America’s mysteries and stories. One day, they hope to also travel the world in search of unique perspectives shared through writing and photography.

Besides enjoying time with his partner, family, and friends at his Vermont estate, Thomas is a major railroad enthusiast and avid outdoorsman. Thomas also enjoys geocaching and he has branded trackable geocoins that travel many thousands of miles all over the world. 

Thomas is currently a contributing photographer for Canva, EyeEm, and Getty Images. His writing focuses on creative nonfiction about unique life experiences. Meanwhile, his photography focuses on abandoned locations, urban exploration, and adventure photography. His writing and photography is also featured in numerous media venues, which you can find in his Press Kit. He has also published a photography book called Entropy, which can be found for sale on Amazon.

Written By Amelia Desertsong

Thomas Slatin
PO Box 1231
Middletown Springs, VT 05757 US



  1. Paul


    I would like to publish your “80 Journal Writing Prompts” piece on my tumblr.

    I would actually just share the link to the original post on your webpage, which will hopefully give you more traffic as well.

    Feel free to check my tumblr.

    Thanks for your time.

    1. Thomas

      Great! As long as you link back, go for it!

      Thank you!

  2. Jesse

    I’m doing my senior project on abandoned photography. and i was wondering if you would be willing to give some information on how you think or know it got started. and the importance to you? and what would you put into a research paper about abandoned photography? please feel free to reply to my email. all the information you provide helps me out a lot thank you so much.Jesse

    1. Thomas

      Are you asking how I got started, or how the genre or medium itself got started?

  3. lori greer

    Fascinating blog. Will be a frequent visitor!

    1. Thomas

      Thank you! It means a lot to me when people enjoy my work! 🙂

  4. Jean M Cogdell

    As an EMT/Firefighter you will no doubt have an abundance of stories to tell. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I’m glad you enjoyed my post. Hope you’ll stop by often, doors always open at Jean’s Writing.

    1. Thomas

      I do have an enormous number of stories to tell, however, due to the nature of the job, most stories must be kept confidential. I may now and again make an obscure reference to something that happened years ago in casual conversation, no specifics, but I am very cautious never to publish any such accounts.

  5. Danny Ray

    Tom…love the new site layout. Absolute homerun-large images, easy navigation. Great job as it is so much easier to find my way around.

    1. Thomas

      Thank you, Danny! It took a considerable amount of time to switch things up a bit, but in the end, it was worth it. Glad you’re happy with the new and improved layout! 🙂

  6. Sudden Denouement Literary Collective

    I nominated you for award. I usually don’t do them and don’t know if you do–actually I think I nominated you before. Anyway, no big deal, just wanted to let you know. 

    Jasper Kerkau

    1. Thomas

      Well thank you.  So very kind of you to do so!

      Thomas 🙂

  7. Unexpected Denouement – TomSlatin.com

    […] was originally planning on updating my About Page, but thought wisely and published this in the form of an aside.  It might be considered to some to […]

  8. Rachel E. Pollock

    I’m a costumer/historian making a YouTube video about a Schiaparelli dress worn by Yeffe Kimball Slatin, now in the archive of the Museum at FIT. I would like to include a brief biographical statement about her as a Native American artist and your father’s first wife. I would like to use some of your images that I found on Pinterest for this, as you can see on this Pinboard: www.pinterest.com/labricoleuse/1935-schiaparelli-lily-gown/

    The video is intended for educational purposes and my channel is not monetized. I am not sponsored by any organization or educational institution in making this video, it’s a personal project. I would credit you in whatever manner you stipulate, and the video description would include a link to your website.

    May I use these images for this purpose?

    Thank you for your time.

    1. Thomas Slatin

      Greetings!  Yes, you absolutely have my expressed written permission!  Please credit me as Thomas Slatin, with a link to www.TomSlatin.com.

      Thank you for contacting me!

      Best wishes,

  9. Albert Becker

    Good evening,

    I hope all is well. Your Geocoin, #302 recently ended up in my “Chateau Rendezvous Travel Bug Hotel and Spa” here in Emporia, VA. I retrieved it and will take it on along journey to Brazil. It will visit several different places but will eventually return to the States for a new drop off.


    Rest regards,

    Navigator 46

    1. Thomas Slatin

      This is amazing, Albert! Thank you so much!

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