The following article was written by Lisa Pellegrene, and was originally published by Patch.com on November 3, 2020.

Thomas Slatin continues to providing a recap of his work spanning the last decade, selecting a few of his favorite photographs from 2016.

Thomas W.P. Slatin is an avid adventure, landscape, portrait and urban abandonment photographer who began exploring unknown places, with a camera in tow at the approximate age of eight, after his dad gave him a gift that would have a greater impact on Slatin. Perhaps his dad knew at that time, regarding the positive impact that this gift would have on Slatin’s life – Thomas Slatin’s first camera. Slatin turned an interest in exploring, and documenting what he saw through photographs into a purposeful career. More than several times, through his photographs of abandoned properties, real estate developers have contacted him with an interest in obtaining his photographs. This has led to restored properties.

Thomas Slatin is currently traveling to different towns in Vermont for a forthcoming travel series, and this week he recaps some of his most interesting photographs from 2016 to continue the “Decade in Review.” Prior articles from this series have been published on Patch Vermont, photographs featured in these articles and many others may be found on Slatin’s blog, www.tomslatin.com. The prior articles spanning Slatin’s work, covering his photographs from 2010-2015 thus far, may be found by at the following link: patch.com/vermont/across-vt.

Slatin stated in a recent interview that he was able to do “a lot more research online and find a plethora of well-known abandoned places to explore and photograph, as well as a handful of private residences that were completely abandoned in the northeast during 2016.” Most of Thomas Slatin’s photographs in 2016 were taken using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Canon cameras are Slatin’s top pick, and what he utilizes for camera gear.

Slatin’s favorite photographs from 2016 include:

Don’t Take A Seat
This photograph was taken in an upstairs room of an abandoned farmhouse. The vintage suitcase was sitting in the old chair with springs coming out of the cushion. Slatin states, “It remains one of my most favorite abandonment photographs of all time.”

Learning To Fly
This photograph was taken at Owls Head Transportation Museum, Owls Head, Maine, USA.

Ice-A-Rama
This photograph was taken by Slatin at the Penn Hills Resort indoor ice skating rink.

All The White Horses
This is a photograph of a white carousel horse at Santa’s Land, in Putney, Vermont. This resort, according to Slatin, was “completely abandoned for many years and today it has been completely restored and is now back open for business!”

Old Chair
This antique chair was photographed at an abandoned general store in Upstate New York.

Travel is a love of Slatin’s and each year through his exploration as he finds interesting places, buildings, people and even wildlife to photograph, he visits many different cities, towns, and villages.

“In 2016, states Slatin, the furthest I traveled was to Maine. This is where I took one of my favorite photographs, not just one of my favorites from 2016 but of “all time.” Continuing, “I took this photograph at the Owls Head Transportation Museum, entitled, “Learning To Fly.” I also made a few trips to Pennsylvania, where I spent several hours photographing Penn Hills Resort.”

Continuing, “In 2016, most of the buildings I photographed were found by luck, pure happenstance. In the case of photographing Penn Hills Resort, this was discussed and suggested to me by Seph Lawless.”Slatin discussed having to be resourceful and creative in terms of creating the lighting effect that he wanted while photographing the Penn Hills Resort. “In 2016, I did not have access to the advanced LED lighting that I now own, so many of the photographs of abandoned locations which were taken using several LED flashlights, placed along the perimeter of rooms. The flashlights were aimed at the ceiling to diffuse the light for maximum effect.”

As people, even when very skilled and experienced at using our abilities and talents there is always more to learn, as Slatin discussed. “This is the year I learned how to use flashlights as well as off-camera flashes to obtain the lighting effect that I needed and truly wanted while photographing Penn Hills resort. This posed perhaps the greatest challenge when it came to lighting, but with creativity and some know how I overcame it and ended up loving the photographs.”

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