My name is Thomas Slatin, and I have been continuously self-employed as a writer, photographer, and website designer since July of 1998.
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Buy It Now At AmazonFull-Size Version | Half-Size Version A fascinating glimpse into places that were left behind, abandoned, or simply forgotten about. Take a tour to many long-forgotten places that people rarely ever think about, and never visit. (114 Pages) What others are saying about Entropy… This book is full of fantastic views and excellent photos. Well worth the price. Each photo will make you stop and think.” Incredible collection of photographs that say so much more than words could tell the story. The author’s eye is excellent. Thomas Slatin is indeed a genius! Don’t miss this one! Great investment that you will not regret. Dick Woodhouse Thomas Slatin is a talented photographer and this is definitely evident in […]
The following article was written by Lisa Pellegrene, and was originally published on Patch.com on August 6, 2019. A recent interview with writer and photographer, Thomas Slatin to encourage readers and writers. A question which is asked of most children, and one most adults can remember being asked as a child is as follows, and it is a question that Thomas W.P. Slatin took seriously when asked at the age of eight. Thomas Slatin recommends that anyone with an interest in writing should, “write what you love, write about what inspires you the most.” Slatin recalls his eight year old self, remembering this question posed to him at this young age. The person who asked such a question is a […]
The following article was written by M. K. Moynahan, and was published in The Mountain Eagle, in Stamford, New York, USA, on December 4, 2008.(Photograph taken by Thomas Slatin.) STAMFORD, NEW YORK – Few people know village of Stamford has a true connection to the past by virtue of one of its residents, Dr. Harvey Slatin. In 1942, Slatin was tapped by J. Robert Oppenheimer to participate in the “Manhattan Project”. With the anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day approaching, it is an appropriate time to reflect on the contributions of this Army veteran and his recollections of the time and his involvement in the project. On December 7, 1941, Japanese submarines and carrier-based planes attached the U.S. Pacific fleet at […]
The following article was written by Lisa Pellegrene, and was originally published in the July 2019 edition of A Time And A Place Magazine. Opening its doors in the late 19th century, and in operation for most of the 20th century, The Westholm Hotel definitely has earned its place in history. The Westholm Hotel was located on Main Street in Stamford, nestled among the Catskill Mountains, Lake Utsayantha, and Mt. Utsayantha, which represent part of the natural beauty of Stamford. The Westholm Hotel was one of many hotels and resorts in the area which thrived during their heyday. The Westholm Hotel was located in close proximity to a railroad station, making it one of the top travel destinations in the […]
The following article was written by Lisa Pellegrene, and was originally published by Patch.com on June 25, 2019. Photographer Thomas Slatin discusses the Westholm Hotel and how photographs of properties help to preserve history. A recent interview with urban exploration photographer and writer, Thomas W.P. Slatin explores the important purposeful reasons behind a genre of photography known as “urban exploration.” There is a lot involved to photograph properties, many of which have been unoccupied for years. Slatin often photographs properties that have historical significance. The Westholm Hotel located in Stamford, New York is a property that Slatin recently photographed, after the property remained dormant for approximately 20 years. Urban exploration photographers know that there is interest in their work from […]
The following article was written by Lisa Pellegrene, and was originally published by Patch.com on April 18, 2019. Victoria Filonenko plans to restore The Westholm Hotel to a healing center with beautiful gardens. This is a historic property in Stamford. Victoria Filonenko, owner of The Westholm Hotel, has plans of restoring the historic property to a healing center. In a recent interview, Filonenko discussed her initial interest in the property, namely the remarkable history which lead to her desire and willingness to restore it as the new owner. “I am fascinated by the beauty and the history of this hotel. When I visited the property initially I sensed warmth, love and maybe even the mystery.” She continued, “when I saw […]
The following article was written by Lisa Pellegrene, and was originally published by Patch.com on April 3, 2019. Renowned photographer Thomas W.P. Slatin plans to honor B & O Railroad Museum and Ellicott Station through his work. American photographer Thomas W.P. Slatin has a passion for urban exploration and locomotive photography, and this love for locomotives is taking him to Baltimore to photograph historic railway sites. His work in photography has led to the restoration of previously abandoned properties and locomotives. Having picked up his first camera at the age of eight which was a gift from his father, Dr. Harvey L. Slatin, Thomas Slatin photographs what he loves, and that includes the many railway stations and locomotives, to include […]
The following article was written by Alexandra Fasulo, and was originally published by London Post on March 9, 2019. It’s not every day that you hear about a public servant, specifically a firefighter, moving into a creative field post-service. Firefighting takes an incredible amount of strength, sacrifice, and focus to ensure people are protected, and in some cases, saved at the expense of the firefighter’s life. It’s an admiral position that not many people in society are prepared to serve as, which is why we are all always so grateful for these brave individuals. Well, one firefighter and former EMS Lieutenant in the Albany, New York region is demonstrating that using public servant experience can be the perfect platform for […]
The following article was written by Peter Jackson, and was originally published by Foreign Policy on March 1, 2019. While having a 9 to 5 job might be considered as a stable and risk-free way to acquire monthly income, being self-employed has more than a few benefits over it. Now, while running your own business or doing freelance jobs is not as simple and requires a lot of effort and time to be put in you still get a lot of freedom compared to being someone’s regular employee and you are the one who gets to decide on the next business move. In the past few decades internet has had a huge effect on our society, and although there are […]
The following article was written by Petar Mikonoss, and was originally published by The Frisky on February 28, 2019. There is one thing we can all agree – although our society is constantly developing it seems that certain things are falling behind, and stable employment is one of those. The unemployment rates throughout Western countries have been higher than in the past few decades, and that is not a good trend to keep up with. The USA is an excellent example of people having trouble to keep their 9 to 5 job and provide for their family each and every month. On the other hand, innovations and self-developed businesses are on the rise as people try to materialize their skills. An […]
The following article was written by Lisa Pellegrene, and was originally published by The Lincoln County News on February 19, 2019. Last fall, when photographer Thomas Slatin and his fiancee, Angie Conklin, visited the Midcoast region of Maine, they and other tourists encountered what the lighthouse keeper referred to as an “uncharacteristically late in the season” sighting of monarch butterflies, during a time frame which approached mid-October. “We were waiting to climb to the top of the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse and the gentleman in charge of the lighthouse, who saw my camera, said, paraphrasing, you may want to step outside and take some photographs of the beautiful monarchs. So we did,” Slatin said. Slatin, Conklin, and many other visitors at […]
The following interview was conceived by Bryoni Burns at bryoniburnsblog.com. Introduce yourself, why did you start blogging?I started creating websites in 1996, and by 1998 I had landed a job in IT. For many years, I created websites in HTML using a variety of software suites. As time went on, my sites grew to massive sizes, making maintenance and organization a nightmare. Eventually, I migrated the content to a modern content management system, which is now referred to as a blog. How did you come up with your blog name?I just used my name, Tom Slatin. I wanted something that would be easily identifiable as being mine, and something that nobody could ever reasonably claim as their own trademark. What […]
The following article was written by Lisa Pellegrene, and was originally published on Patch.com on January 28, 2019. Thomas Slatin Discusses his work process throughout the years, as both a writer and a photographer. Years ago, established writer and photographer Thomas W.P. Slatin made a commitment to himself to “always remain certain in the pursuit of work which he loves to do, in the areas of his true talents.” Slatin conveys appreciation to one of his significant sources of inspiration, his late father Dr. Harvey L. Slatin. In a recent interview with Thomas Slatin, certain obvious truths readily present themselves – a passion for his work and a high level of gratitude conveyed by Slatin, due in part to the encouragement […]
The following article was written by Lisa Pellegrene, and was originally published on Patch.com on January 28, 2019. Landscape, urban exploration, locomotive, animal and nature photographer Thomas Slatin is now featured on iStock by Getty Images. Thomas W.P. Slatin, known for his urban exploration, nature and locomotive photography is now a contributor for iStock by Getty Images. His work is available on iStock’s website for licensing and utilization by entrepreneurs, designers and all who would like to appreciate and benefit from utilizing his stunning photography work. The photographs available on iStock from Slatin’s collection include images entitled “Winter Fog Over Indian Lake,” “Fiddlehead,” “Only Angels Get a Better View,” “Peacock,” “Tree in a Heavy Fog,” “You Came Back and I Was […]
This article was written by Nelson Bradshaw, and was published in The Delaware County Times, in Delhi, New York, USA, on March 10, 2000. The photograph was also taken by Nelson Bradshaw at the time of the interview. The paper ceased operation in July of 2016, after 35 years. Thomas Slatin has chosen to be a career EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), and has the character required for the profession. He brings dedication, compassion, courage, stamina and training to his EMT role with the Hobart Fire Department. Slatin, twenty years old, has been a licensed EMT for two years. Like other members of rescue squads in Delaware County, he does this work as a volunteer. Also like other emergency squad people, […]
The following article was written by Lisa Pellegrene, and was originally published on Patch.com on December 23, 2018. Thomas W.P. Slatin has had a camera in hand since the age of eight. His images will now also be on iStock by Getty Images. In a recent interview with accomplished photographer Thomas W.P. Slatin, he took some time to highlight some of his favorite work throughout the years. He describes his love for photography and writing as talents and abilities which stem from “self-motivation, fueled by a passion, dedication and love to create in the form of capturing beautiful and interesting imagery.” Having state of the art camera equipment is great, paraphrasing Slatin, yet “it’s not the camera nor the equipment that […]
The photograph below is entitled “New York State of Mind.”
Areas of interest and specialization: Landscape, Animals and Nature, Locomotive Photography and Urban Exploration
The following article was written by Lisa Pellegrene, and was originally published on Patch.com on November 13, 2018. Thomas W.P. Slatin photographs the historic Westholm Hotel of the Catskills, located in Stamford, New York. In the late 1800’s The Westholm Hotel opened its doors to become known as one of the most intriguing and majestic hotels in the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York. Closing its doors in the late 1990’s, many have speculated as to when the once iconic hotel might open its doors again. According to photographer Thomas Slatin, having been given exclusive access to photograph the property, he indicates that the current owners have conveyed to him that they have hopes of restoring the property to its original […]
The following article was written by Lisa Pellegrene, and was originally published on Patch.com on October 30, 2018. Through his travels, writer and photographer Thomas W.P. Slatin documents the beauty and intrigue of Maine through his photographs. Upon a recent visit in October of this year, photographer, writer and influencer Thomas W. P. Slatin photographed numerous beautiful landscape images from various cities in Maine, to include Acadia National Park. Upon Slatin’s visit to Maine, he and his fiancée, Angie Conklin choose to visit the lowland region of Acadia National Park, where they encountered beautiful monarch butterflies during their visit. He stated, “It has always been my style to head directly for the top of the mountains, ever since I was a […]
“Please tune in this Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 at 4 P.M. to my show “That’s What She Said“, when my special guest will be Thomas W.P. Slatin, photographer and writer. Mr. Slatin is an extraordinary photographer and writer whose talents were recognized and encouraged at an early age, especially by his father, the genius scientist Dr. Harvey Slatin, and always fearlessly supported by his mother the Former Mayor of Stamford Anne Pratt Slatin. Mr. Slatin’s photography is outstanding as is his written word. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a true artist speak about his work. If you would like to chat with Thomas on his work during the interview, please call in to 607-326-3913.” —Melody DiGregorio, WIOX Radio WIOXradio.org
The following article was written by Lisa Pellegrene, and was originally published on Reddit on October 13, 2018. As a published photographer and writer, and a social media influencer who has gained hundreds of thousands followers organically throughout the years, Thomas W.P. Slatin knows the importance of making social media a crucial part of one’s workflow, especially when working as a creative, whether it be as an artist, photographer, talent in the TV/Film industry, or as an entrepreneur. Slatin states, “My photographs are posted to Instagram and Flickr as soon as they are produced. A new blog post is added to my blog at TomSlatin.com every single day at the same time, 9 a.m. EST. Continuing, “as soon as a post […]
The following article was written by Lisa Pellegrene, and was originally published on Patch.com on September 14, 2018. Thomas W.P. Slatin discusses the importance of pursuing one’s true talents and abilities, and “staying true” in doing work one loves. Thomas W.P. Slatin is a name that some know from social media, where he reaches hundreds of thousands of people in his online audience through his writing and photography. He is known by industry peers as having an “innate ability to bring life to previously abandoned places throughout the world.” He documents abandoned buildings, through his photographs and this translates into an “ability to breathe life into buildings and locations that would be otherwise forgotten,” according to industry peers. Thomas Slatin stated […]
The following article was written by Lisa Pellegrene, and was originally published on Patch.com on August 30, 2018, and MSN on August 31, 2018. Photographer, and writer Thomas W. P. Slatin discusses a passion for photography, which he shared with his father, Dr. Harvey L. Slatin. “My father used to tell me that you either do good work or you don’t do it at all. I was raised to believe that quality, doing the right thing and personal responsibility, as well as acceptance of others is most important,” recalls Thomas W. P. Slatin, son of Dr. Harvey L. Slatin and Anne P. Slatin. Slatin continued in a recent interview to state, “My father was a scientist and inventor, a local celebrity, […]
The following article was written by Lisa Pellegrene, and was originally published on Patch.com on August 7, 2018. Thomas W.P. Slatin, based in Upstate New York focuses on urban exploration photography. This has lead to restoration. Thomas W.P. Slatin is a lifelong writer and photographer, since around the age of eight. Slatin is also a prior 17 year firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). He began to incorporate more of a focus on photography into his life when he chose to transition his work to become a full-time writer and photographer. He recalls much of his early photography work “revolving around his work schedule as an EMT and a firefighter,” when his location scouting would be simply recognizing various locations of […]
The following article was written by Lisa Pellegrene, and was originally published on Patch.com on August 2, 2018. Thomas Slatin, photographer and writer discusses how his talents were revealed at a young age, encouraging all to follow their dreams. Thomas W.P. Slatin, a published urban exploration photographer and writer, stated in a recent interview that his interests and talents in writing and photography were revealed by the age of eight. In this inspiring interview, he encourages others to “follow their dreams.” Continuing, “few know that my father, a scientist by profession, was passionate about photography. When I was eight, my father gifted me a basic 35 mm film camera. It had the most basic settings, and utilized 100 or 400 ISO […]
The following article was written by Lisa Pellegrene, and was originally published on Patch.com on August 1, 2018. Thomas W.P. Slatin, a social media influencer, writer and photographer discusses how his most amazing experiences in life are documented. “My most amazing, epic and most adventurous experiences get documented through my writing and photography work,” states Thomas W.P. Slatin in a recent interview. He continued, “the best part of my childhood were the adventures and experiences I had by exploring places, and today I continue that into adulthood, photographing locations which are off limits to the majority of people.” As summarized by Slatin, he conveyed that he knows that his early explorations as a child, as well as the curiosity and inspiration […]
The following article was written by Lisa Pellegrene, and was originally published on LinkedIn on June 28, 2018. As a long time strategist, publicist and professional in TV/Film, I focus some of my efforts and time on promoting outstanding work created by other immensely talented people. The photography of Thomas W.P. Slatin stands out.
The following article was adapted from an interview on May 4, 2018 with with Dan Swords. My name is Thomas Slatin, and I am an American writer, photographer, and website designer. I run a hugely successful blog, TomSlatin.com, which is part photo gallery, part online writing magazine, and part web design resource. Somehow I manage to incorporate the greater part of two decades of web design, writing, and photography into my massive blog, which I update on a daily basis.
The following article was written by Lisa Pellegrene. In 2009, Thomas Slatin, a life long writer since the age of eight, and at the time a full time Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Firefighter, began to incorporate even more of a focus on photography into his life. He recalls much of his photography work “revolving around his work as an EMT and Firefighter, with a few exceptions.” Thomas Slatin continued, “a lot of the images I had taken at this point of my career were captured while I was at work,” or he would see something of interest that he wanted to photograph and would stop later to photograph various locations after his work day. It was also during 2009 […]
The following article was originally published by Broadway World, on March 5, 2018. In a recent interview, renowned master photographer, writer, influencer and graphic designer Thomas Slatin discusses his role in an upcoming dance and music based TV series, directed by TV /Film professional, journalist and animal advocate, Lisa Pellegrene.
The following article was written by Lisa Pellegrene. Since 2002, Thomas Slatin has identified roughly 100 photo shoot locations and completed all of them as planned. Slatin is known for photographing abandoned properties as a means of documenting and preserving the locations. In some cases his work leads to interest from developers to restore what would be considered otherwise forgotten properties. During a recent interview he spoke of what it takes to effectively do research for a photography shoot in terms of proper planning and a thorough pre-production process. Slatin, discussing the impact his childhood has had on his career path, “when I was a child, I just went to these abandoned, forgotten, or neglected places to explore and document […]
The following article was written by Lisa Pellegrene. “My most amazing, epic and most adventurous experiences get documented through my writing and photography work,” states Thomas Slatin in a recent interview. He continued, “the best part of my childhood were the adventures and experiences I had by exploring places, and today I continue that in adulthood, photographing locations which are off limits to the majority of people.”
The following article was written by Lisa Pellegrene. Perseverance. This is one quality great writers must have and anyone who succeeds in their path of choice, as discussed by Thomas Slatin in a recent interview. His passion and determination for writing and his desire to become a writer, first revealed itself at the age of eight. His earliest work consisted of writing short stories, rhymes and songs. Slatin recalls his immense love for books at an early age, particularly the book gifted to him by his parents entitled “Where the Wild Things Are.” It was also at the age of eight, that Thomas Slatin kept a handwritten journal. “It was nothing formal,” states Slatin, “but as the years went by […]
The following article was written by Lisa Pellegrene. “At a time when my fiance and I were two kids starting out in the world, we had moved to the Plattsburgh, NY area from Long Island, NY, far away from close friends and family. I had accepted a job as an Emergency Medical Technician. It was soon thereafter that I felt compelled to bring my camera with me when I went to work one day, so that I could photograph an intriguing machine, a farm machine that I had passed by many times to and from work,” states Thomas Slatin in a recent interview. Unbeknownst to Slatin at the time, this photograph would affect his life in one of the most […]
The following article was written by Emulsive, and was originally published on December 6, 2017. A massive thanks to today’s guest for bearing with me over the past few months. It’s my pleasure to bring you all Thomas Slatin! Over to you, Thomas… Hi Thomas, What’s this picture, then? Where The Water Meets The Land Lomography Lady Grey, ISO 100, Canon AE-1, Near Cooperstown, NY TS: This picture is of an old tree dipping its branches in Lake Otsego, near Cooperstown, New York. I have always been fascinated with water, especially when I capture it in my photographs. Ok, so who are you? (the short version, please) Dino Collection Kodak Gold 35mm, ISO 400, Canon AE-1, 50mm Lens, New York […]
The following article was originally published by Broadway World. Photographer and writer Thomas Slatin reaches nearly four hundred thousand members of his audience on social media through his writing and photography work, often through his ability to “bring life” to previously abandoned places throughout the world. He documents abandoned buildings through his photography and somehow, this translates into an “ability to breathe life into buildings and locations that would be otherwise forgotten,” according to industry peers. Thomas Slatin stated in a recent interview, “When I take a picture, I try to capture that moment, and I’ll know when I’ve done my job when someone looks at that image and tells me that they feel as if they were there in […]
The following article was written by Erin Schultz, and was originally published on LinkedIn, on November 7, 2017. Now in his 20th year in business, Thomas Slatin uses his skills as a firefighter to gain access to remote places not many can get to and turned his love of urban exploratory photography into a successful business in upstate New York.
The following article was originally published by Photography Tricks on August 2, 2013. Why urban exploration photography Whenever I tell someone that I’m a photographer, the first question they generally ask is, “Do you shoot weddings?” While wedding photography is a very competitive and generally lucrative photographic pursuit, the answer is always “no.” The reason is that, unlike most people, I’m what is known as an introvert. An introvert is someone who generally takes pleasure in solitary activities or activities that involve just a small handful of very close friends.