Thomas Slatin: From Public Servant to Writing Legend
Have you ever heard of someone who spent eighteen years in public service as an EMT and firefighter moving into a creative field? Certainly, this is a rare feat, and Thomas Slatin has done this admirably. At the same time he began work as an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) in Stamford, New York, Thomas also began his website: TomSlatin.Com. Twenty-two years later, it’s alive and well featuring Thomas’s writing, photography, and web design exploits.
In addition to his tireless work as a public servant for multiple fire departments in New York State, Thomas has worked freelance as a writer, photographer, and website designer since 1998. Starting a dot-com in those days was a trendy thing to do, certainly. But, Thomas Slatin knew that individuals building up their own website platforms would become an invaluable tool in the future. Thomas mastered the idea of online user experience, today widely known as UX, before the term was even used.
Thomas Slatin, Photography and Writing Savant
Thomas began showcasing his photography work on his first website that he made back in high school. Back then, there weren’t widely available eCommerce solutions yet to sell his photography. Of course, this market gap would certainly close over time. So, Thomas used his early entry into the website development world to take advantage of the growing online photography market.
Professional photography isn’t the only thing that drives TomSlatin.com. His personal writings are also a key part of the website. Personally mentored as a youth by the legendary Allen Ginsberg and Charles Kuralt, Thomas learned how to hang emotion and meaning on every carefully selected word. He learned how to paint word pictures that are vital, powerful, and unique to his work.
As of September 2020, Thomas is posting daily, alternating between sharing his photography, various quotes, and personal writings. His writings often let readers into the more intimate parts of his mind, ranging from subjects relating to nature to society to his career and upbringing. Thomas painstakingly crafts introductions that hook readers in immediately.
In 2016, Thomas won DreamHost’s “Dreamist Blog of the Year” award. His site has been linked to by many major publications over the years, bringing tens of thousands of hits a day with the mass media exposure. Thomas was able to even score an WIOX interview in October 2018, which was a dream come true for him giving his work national attention to website readers and radio listeners alike.
The Present and Future of TomSlatin.Com
Today, Thomas’s website TomSlatin.com has become a platform that serves as a timeline and portfolio of his writing and photography. It also includes web design templates he’s created over the years using the WordPress developer tools. Of course, his main website is created with a custom WordPress theme, as well. Thomas continues to stay on top of web design and online user experience trends, upgrading his website in 2020 to meet today’s content-hungry audience demands.
Meanwhile, Thomas’s photography reveals his unique talent for storytelling through a single frame. His eye for the perfect shot lets viewers explore the nuanced emotions and stories each photo has to tell. The old saying that “a picture is worth a thousand words” is an understatement when it comes to not only Thomas’s breathtaking nature and landscape photos, but most especially his photographs detailing urban decay and abandoned properties.
Presently, Thomas is expanding beyond his New York horizons into other parts of New England, such as Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont. One day soon, he hopes to hit the road and take photos all across the United States. Along the way, through his writing, Thomas will also share his thoughts and hopes with his ever-growing audience about both his craft and dreams for the future of our uncertain world.
~ Amelia “Phoenix” Desertsong
This post was also published on The Phoenix Desertsong.