We had the good fortune of connecting with Thomas Watkins and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Thomas, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
My pursuit of a career in the arts is centered on nature photography.

The beauty and fragility of nature is incredibly important to me. It’s vibrancy, symmetry and ever changing qualities that exhibit all that is beautiful in this world.

I want to capture that beauty and show others exactly what is being taken advantage of. To show them that this is the only world we have and that it should be taken care of.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As I stated I’m a fine art nature photographer. I think the biggest thing that sets me apart is that I don’t rely primarily on photographing grand and well known landscapes. Landscapes are easy. Anyone can photograph them. And of course if you’re in a beautiful setting with beautiful lighting you’re going to get a beautiful picture. I rely very heavily on composition alone which is why I find abstracts that I find in nature so appealing.

I got where I am today by jumping in with both feet. I took a chance when the opportunity presented itself. I’d be lying if I said I never looked back. It’s been a hard road full of obstacles and potholes. Some of which I’m still trying to figure out how to overcome.

Two major lessons that I’ve learned along the way is one; that no matter how independent you are there are still those that think you work for them.

And two; this kind of work is harder than it sounds.

My ever present thought is that this world is a finite resource and people should show it more love and respect than they do.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am not a social person and I send most of my time hiking and photographing the open desert outside of the city. I suppose if my best friend wanted to go visit downtown Phoenix I’d wait until nightfall and go photograph the city lights.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
All thanks go to my wife. Without her I never would have been able to pursue this career.

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