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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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This blog has 2572 posts, 14 pages, 507 drafts, 3029 comments (0 comments awaiting moderation, and 3029 approved comments), 17 categories, 53 tags, 433,473 total written words.

Due to the nature of my work, my schedule is often unpredictable and changes constantly (usually at a moments notice). Please email me with any questions, concerns, comments, press inquiries, etc. My email address is tom@tomslatin.com.  Please do not call or text me unless it is absolutely necessary.


Meet The Blogger

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 […]

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Photographer Discusses Finding True Talents And Purpose

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 […]

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Thomas W.P. Slatin’s Photographs Now On iStock

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 […]

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Thomas Slatin Is Career EMT

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, […]

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New York Central System

A Dedication, Passion And A Love For Photography

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 […]

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Thomas W.P. Slatin Photography

The  photograph below is entitled “New York State of Mind.”

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The Versatility and Talent of Photographer Thomas W.P. Slatin

Areas of interest and specialization: Landscape, Animals and Nature, Locomotive Photography and Urban Exploration

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Hope For Restoration Of The Westholm Hotel

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 […]

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The Beauty Of Maine

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 […]

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Thomas Slatin Interview On WIOX

“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

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Creatives: The Importance of Making Social Media a Part of Your Workflow

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 […]

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Stay True, Perspective From An American Writer And Photographer

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 […]

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Thomas Slatin & Harvey Slatin

An Artist and a Scientist – A Focus on Unity and Inspiration

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, […]

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Photographer’s Work Leads To Hope for Restoration of Locomotive

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 […]

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Thomas W.P. Slatin – True Talent Realized at a Young Age

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 […]

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Thomas Slatin, Master Photographer Discusses Inspiration

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 […]

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Thomas W.P. Slatin – Master of Photography, Talented Writer and Influencer

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.

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Featured Writer Friday — Thomas Slatin

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.

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Writer And Master Photographer Thomas Slatin On Revisiting The American Museum Of Natural History And Work From His Archives

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 […]

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Thomas Slatin Selected As Photographer and Cinematographer On PEACE, LOVE, UNITY

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.

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Thomas Slatin – Childhood Exploration Leads To Finding His Purpose and an Inspiring Career Path

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 […]

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Perpetual Inspiration – Thomas Slatin, Influencer, Writer, Master Photographer and Web Designer

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.”

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What It Takes To Succeed As A Writer As Discussed By Influencer, Writer And Photographer Thomas Slatin

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 […]

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Thomas Slatin, The Evolution of a Master Photographer – Love for Photography Rekindled

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 […]

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I Am Thomas Slatin And This Is Why I Shoot Film

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 […]

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Wisdom from Writer, Photographer, and Influencer Thomas Slatin: ‘Stay True’

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 […]

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How This Former EMT Found His Nirvana Through Grunge Photography

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.

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Urban Exploration Photography Tricks for the Introverted – Like Me

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.

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