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

  • August 19, 2018
The following article was written by Lisa Pellegrene, and was originally published on 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 film.” At the age of twelve, Slatin recalls receiving a Canon SLR 35 mm camera from his father, Dr. Harvey L. Slatin. The camera came with a 50 mm focus lens. According to Slatin, “it became my most prized possession.” Thomas Slatin utilized this camera to photograph and document his childhood. Also at a young age, around the age of six, Slatin recalls having an “insatiable fascination with the written word,” filling his shelves with books to build a makeshift library. Advice that he shares with his online audience is to truly stay the course to “do work you love” and to “follow your dreams.” “My parents thought perhaps I should have become a doctor or an astronomer, ” states Slatin. Possibly due to his father knowing, as well as highly regarding, Carl Sagan. Years later, Slatin described a day at school, while in class where his teacher selected his writing work to exemplify what the work of a good writer looks like. Slatin continued to state, “what I knew then and what my parents did realize is that my motivation to write and photograph images, and my passion for exploring was something I was born with, and meant to do. “

Thomas W.P. Slatin shares his journalistic style writing work which he often bases on his own life, as well as his urban exploration and nature photography on his blog, Many of his images are available on Canva and He has contributed to various publications as a writer to discuss photography technique, motivation and inspiration. Slatin has had several of his photographs selected by Jones Soda Company’s to appear on their actual soda bottles. Thomas Slatin’s passion and work as an urban exploration photographer has lead to the restoration of a property by a real estate developer on at least one occasion, paraphrasing Slatin. In his closing remarks of the interview, he reminded all to reflect upon and consider the following questions, “are you doing the work you love and staying authentic in your true talents and abilities”? To reach out to him email,  
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12 Comments on Thomas W.P. Slatin – True Talent Realized at a Young Age

  • Maury Cheskes says:
    August 23, 2019 at 1:54 PM

    Tom’s a great inspiration to all art lovers and those passionate about their dreams. He has a very distinguished style that often focuses on mundane or out of touch commodities which he sparks life into with his creative eye. I can’t wait to see more of his pieces and share my thoughts on his raw material.


    • Thomas Slatin says:
      August 23, 2019 at 1:59 PM

      Thank you, Maury! I have a lot of new material to share, and you will not be disappointed.


  • David Mureithi says:
    August 22, 2019 at 3:33 PM

    I’m about to move to something I love. It can make you visit places you dreamed.


  • Danielle M says:
    August 22, 2019 at 11:29 AM

    It feels really nive when professors encourage the students and recognize their talents. I’m glad that you followed your dream.


  • brainedet says:
    August 22, 2019 at 10:49 AM

    I sometimes wish I didn’t throw away my talent of singing. I will have made wise use of it now. All the same I will start afresh. You are my inspiration.


  • esgyll says:
    August 22, 2019 at 6:02 AM

    It’s really wonderful to already know your true talent and calling when you’re still a young child. It just makes the journey towards adulthood even better in my opinion.


  • Rae says:
    August 22, 2019 at 1:05 AM

    This is just so inspiring. Love the post that you’ve made today. Thank you so much for sharing this!


  • jolly555 says:
    August 22, 2019 at 12:19 AM

    I will always applaud your dad for believing in your talent and pushing you to become who you were suppose to become. You are really doing awesomely.


  • Segun OGUNYEMI says:
    August 21, 2019 at 10:17 PM

    Follow your dreams – this alone should encompass all other things. Keep the expression of the writing high. Thanks for sharing and credit to Lisa too


  • Oyeyipo Oladele says:
    August 21, 2019 at 10:02 PM

    Timely discovering of yourself is the best. It shows the Slatin must be a family with focus. Keep it up TOM.


  • miakayuuki2012 says:
    August 21, 2019 at 9:17 PM

    Some people find it early some spend their whole lives finding it. If you find it early it is best to hone it and maximize it as one of your skills. To parents support the kid for his/ her talent can benefit the future.


  • Meldred Judith says:
    August 21, 2019 at 6:41 PM

    Following his hearts desire is the key to his success. All must know what their hearts desire and wants.


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