If you’re old enough to have had a Myspace account, then you’ll remember its co-founder Tom Anderson, a.k.a. Myspace Tom. He was everyone’s first friend on the networking site until about 2010, five years after he sold the company for USD580 million.
What’s he been up to, you ask? The answer is what you’d probably be doing if you had USD580 million — traveling around the world. Except since an experience at Burning Man in 2011, Tom has been taking breathtakingly beautiful photographs from his trips. Thankfully, he’s been posting them on Instagram, and it’s #TravelGoals all over.
Here’s a sneak peek.
Flying over Manila
Somewhere in Taiwan
Sometimes I wonder if the mystery of travel, discovery and exploration has been tainted by the Internet—these days it’s almost hard not to see photos of nearly every place multiple times before you go there! This place was different for me. I was traveling through Taiwan with no real idea of what I might find. I got a rental car in the main city Taipei and just started driving. After a few days I’d entered the gorge by car, but later moved to hiking on foot. This was not a touristy or popular spot. At least not in 2012 when this photo was taken. As I meandered along the mountain’s edge trail, pushing bushes out of the way to take in the view, I rounded a corner and saw this temple peering out from the fog. I felt a strange combination of excitement and serenity. I need more moments like this. 🙂
Driving in Sierra Nevada
Nusa Lembongan in Indonesia
A romantic night of storm clouds coming in over the little island of Nusa Lembongan in Indonesia. Before taking up photography, I barely noticed clouds. One of the joys of my photo life has been the way it makes me appreciate nature — the color of light, the shape of clouds, the things around me that passed unnoticed before. Seeing through the camera has made me more present and grateful for the simple things around me. 🙂
The Tianmen Mountain Road in China
Fall in Patagonia
A Japanese Hot Spring
Made some new friends in a Japanese hot spring! These guys come down to the natural hot springs and jump in to warm up. My jacket was too thin, so I'll admit I was cold and jealous the entire time I was observing them (which was hours)! I saw many things in Japan but haven't gotten around to processing/ posting. Hopefully I can get back in the groove. Thanks to those who asked why I disappeared… its nice to be missed!
Sunset in the Sahara
Zion National Park
One of my favorite hikes from my favorite national park, Zion. You have to get a permit to go in to this particular place, so many people want to see it. It’s been snowing up in the park lately. Hoping to head out that way soon and see the winter wonderland. Being out in nature tends to calm the spirit and release the concerns of the endless news cycle. Definitely could use that right now. Whatever side of the political spectrum you sit on, it's been a crazy week for America!
The Sagano Bamboo Forest in Japan
The magic forest in Japan 🙂 Bamboo trees are a favorite, add a path through the bamboo and I'm double happy. This place really is special, and I visited during the light festival so it was also really cool at night. I first saw a photo of this place 5 years ago and have been dreaming of coming here ever since… it did not disappoint! Arigato!
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