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Art Photography Book, “Entropy” Focuses on Urban Exploration

  • October 14, 2019

The following article was written by Lisa Pellegrene, and was originally published on Patch.com on October 13, 2019. This article also appeared on Fooshya.com.

Thomas W.P. Slatin

Accomplished photographer Thomas W.P. Slatin publishes an art photography book focusing on some of his best work spanning a decade.

A unique, technically stunning, urban exploration, art photography book entitled, “Entropy” is now available online through Amazon.com and Blurb.com, thanks to writer and photographer Thomas W.P. Slatin. Thomas Slatin is known for his unique photography and his contributions as an engaging writer on his award winning blog, www.tomslatin.com. His art photography book, “Entropy” contains approximately 100 photographs. The photographs were hand selected by Slatin, after deciding upon his “top picks” out of “literally thousands of possible photographs. It took several months to make the selections,” according to photographer, and now author Thomas Slatin.

Continuing, “My motivation for publishing the book was a culmination of many years of taking pictures. One of my goals since childhood was to publish my own book, and while my written book has yet to be completed, putting together a book of photography was both rewarding as well as fun.”

Slatin utilized several different Canon digital SLR cameras for this book, “as my work has evolved over the years, so did my cameras,” as the photographs were taken from 2008 to 2019. Most of the photographs in the art photography book, “Entropy” are color images, comprised of an estimated 10% of the book’s images appearing as black and white images.

Slatin spoke of his “love for using medium and large format film,” and has plans to produce a book consisting of his film photography one day in the future. “One of my ideas for a forthcoming book would be to do one book containing images taken with my medium format, 120mm film camera, and yet another containing images taken with my large format 4×5 inch camera.” Continuing, “The cost of film as well as production costs along with the time consuming process of digitizing pictures taken with larger format film has delayed production significantly. One day though, I hope to publish at least one film photography based, art photography book.”

Slatin focuses on multiple genres of photography, although he is most known for his work in the urban exploration space. One can find his work on 500px.com and iStock by Getty Images. Thomas W.P. Slatin also focuses on beautiful landscape, locomotive and portrait photography of people and animals thriving in their element.

Slatin is motivated “to seek adventure, travel to new places in search of things and places that most never see.” He is also motivated by “a sense of nostalgia,” as his father physicist and inventor, Dr. Harvey L. Slatin loved taking photographs everywhere he went.

Slatin stated in a recent interview, “My father would always involve me in the process (of photography) of loading film, taking pictures, and then developing the film and print making.” My focus on photographing abandoned places is a reflection of my own life, having been on my own in one way or another from a very early age. In a sense, my photography of abandoned and forgotten places is a reflection of my longing for home as a child. I was sent away to summer camp at age 12, and shortly thereafter, I was sent to boarding school. I even attended college several states away, so my life and photography has always been centered around exploring new places.”

His art photography book is receiving positive reviews, which may be found at www.tomslatin.com/praise-for-Entropy.

Thomas W.P. Slatin’s book, “Entropy” is available for purchase in hardcover format in two sizes, and as an ebook at www.amazon.com/dp/0368706206 and on Amazon.

A proceeding article based on an interview with Slatin, revisits his childhood, growing up on Bank Street in Manhattan. Before the age of even entering the double digits, Thomas Slatin met his father’s well known friends, such as Charles Kuralt who encouraged him to pursue work that he loves to do. “I believe that when you take what you love to do, often discovered at a young age, and can turn this into a viable career, this is one of the keys to happiness.”

Obviously for Thomas W.P. Slatin, according to colleagues and through observation, this of course includes merging writing, photography and his love for exploration and travel into a career that he loves.

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Written by Lisa Pellegrene

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15 Comments on Art Photography Book, “Entropy” Focuses on Urban Exploration

  • Dick Woodhouse says:
    October 16, 2019 at 11:12 PM

    Entropy is an incredible book of wonderful photos. Well worth the investment. Don’t miss getting your own copy. Congratulations Tom!!

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  • miakayuuki2012 says:
    October 16, 2019 at 1:10 AM

    I have been following you for some time now and always enjoyed both your stories and and your photos. You are a good photographer and even a better story teller. Good job Tom.

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  • jolly555 says:
    October 15, 2019 at 10:55 PM

    This is a good narrative Tom, you are just a man of many parts, so many things rolled into one. You are really accomplished in your own focus. Keep up man.

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  • Daphne says:
    October 15, 2019 at 6:42 PM

    If the puctures on this blog are anything to go by, I can bet Entropy is a classic. I would love to see the 100 photos that Thomas himself handpicked as the best he has taken over the last decade.

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  • Oliver says:
    October 15, 2019 at 6:40 PM

    It’s great to learn that your dad was such a huge source of inspiration for you. He deserves all the love he can get 🙂

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  • Patricia says:
    October 15, 2019 at 6:39 PM

    I really would love a copy of Entropy. I already love your photography as it si.

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  • Meg W says:
    October 15, 2019 at 6:38 PM

    Publishing a book is not a small feat. You have my respect!

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  • Roy says:
    October 15, 2019 at 6:37 PM

    Congratulations Thomas on this great achievement! May you soar to even greater heights!

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  • Segun OGUNYEMI says:
    October 15, 2019 at 4:34 PM

    I am waiting earnestly to partake in this – I hope to publish at least one film photography based, art photography book. Looking forward to that, Tom. Nice work!

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  • Danielle M says:
    October 15, 2019 at 2:47 PM

    I bet that book has one of the most creatives pictures and original topics. I never get tired of his pictures.

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  • Adesoji OGUNBADE says:
    October 15, 2019 at 1:23 PM

    Seeking adventure, travel to new places in search of things and places that most never see with photography paving the way…that’s gonna be the best book ever. Congratulations Tom, I have always love your output.

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  • esgyll says:
    October 15, 2019 at 12:56 PM

    Congratulations on your new book! Also, I would love to see more of your newer masterpieces in your next planned book. Best wishes and good luck.

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  • brainedet says:
    October 15, 2019 at 10:21 AM

    Congrats to you and I hope to get a copy of your book. I just like your spirit and passion for photography.

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  • Oyeyipo Oladele says:
    October 15, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    Now I understand the reasons why you post photographs of uncompleted and abandoned buildings. Now you have made your way out now to the highest level in life. Thank God your photography work is getting top and highest number of reviews. I wish you success in all you do, most especially in this your photography line of profession. Thanks for this post.

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  • michaelower says:
    October 15, 2019 at 9:26 AM

    I love the fact that Thomas following his passion..his photographs are always topnotch

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