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Why You Should Follow ‘Myspace Tom’ on Instagram

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Almost all of us know him. In fact, he was probably our first friend at some point. His name? Tom Anderson — more affectionately referred to as Myspace Tom. As a co-founder of one of the first giants of social networking, Myspace, Anderson has had a hefty pile of cash to play around with since 2005 when he sold Myspace to News Corp. for $580 million.

So, what does he do with his time and funds? Well, as we revealed to you back in 2012, he takes photos… and pretty incredible ones at that.

While very few of them are shot with a mobile device like most of what comes across your Instagram feed, it’s apparent Myspace Tom has quite the eye for photography. He shares beautiful shots of everything from the caves of Laos to the Blood Moon that took place earlier this month.

As he told us when we interviewed him almost two years ago — an interview which, by the way, you should definitely read — he only picked up photography two and a half years ago, which makes this work seem that much more impressive and worth your time to check out.

Below is a collection of some of his most impressive Instagram posts. Take a look, give them a like, and if you like what you see, be sure to give him a follow.

If you’re looking for someone new to follow on Instagram or just want to check out some impressive photographs taken all around the world, ‘myspacetom’ is well worth a follow. In fact, I’m sure that he’d greatly appreciate it, considering he was your only friend at one point… seriously, you owe him.


 
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  • Chris

    He uses a Nikon D800 and D4. I’ve been following him for a few months. Great pics!

  • http://www.justiceimages.com Joe Justice

    ^^^ Listen to this guy, his middle name is Batman. :-)

  • http://instagram.com/julien_grimard Julien

    Didn’t you see that he mentionned “instruction” before gear, and then the money needed to “travel”… You can have all the talents in the world, if you don’t have the money to go to Africa, you won’t be able to take a single picture of Africa…

  • David Vaughn

    I think it’s just because of the nature of the story that everyone seems annoyed. The guy had skill. It’s obvious, because his images are consistently good.

    But…if there are two photographers side by side and one comes from the background of:

    “Rich guy spends all his time photographing exotic places because he never has to work again and also have $15000 worth of gear.”

    And the other is:

    “Kid from the Bronx spends all his time photographing exotic places, because he started out with a film SLR and a 50mm and now he gets paid to travel with $15,000 worth of gear.”

    Well….one of these stories is typically more appealing (to most people), and it’s not the former. I don’t really care. He does good stuff. It’s just the circumstances behind his photography that doesn’t resonate with a lot of people, hence the criticism.

  • SeoulFoodNinja

    Yeah, that was the worst one, I agree. But let’s face it, it’s a 0.3 MP camera shoved into a Barbie! Better than some videos I’ve seem with much better equipment. They should do an amateur photog, pro equipment challenge.

  • SeoulFoodNinja

    One of the few pics I’ve seen with no one standing on the bridge!

  • SeoulFoodNinja

    You think that with such an eye for photography, he would have allowed for more than 8 photos on your MySpace page.

  • HeroOfCanton

    If he wasn’t myspacetom, but just sometom, no one would care. These are good photos, but they aren’t newsworthy if he was anyone else.

  • Broseph of Arimathea

    Settle down, Grampa.

  • Sarah BK

    Exactly my point – you can’t expect a pro to achieve outstanding results if the equipment is not good, and hence a great product is not 100% only about the photographer as a number claim. It is important, but not everything.

    They could, though it wouldn’t be as amusing I suppose. Amateurs (hobbyist) photographers can be great with what they do too. Unless you meant amateurs as in people who only know how to press the shutter button down… in the latter I’d agree they probably wouldn’t do much awesome with it.

  • Sarah BK

    I’m not too sure buying a camera I don’t know in who’s hands its been in, or how well it was treated, is worth spending money on. Just because it is possesses the name of a good camera does not mean it’s not overused or damaged in any way.

    Also, you’re assuming that anybody commenting here (and you do mean me because this comment is a reply to mine) feels like they are bad photographers.

  • Emil Nyström

    I’ve purchased 5 used cameras and only one had a problem which cost me 30 bucks to fix. And i’ve been able to buy at least 3 cameras for the price of one new. I know people like the smell of new. But you can accomplish so much more when buying used gear. Just make sure you can meet up the seller and actually test the camera so that it works. If you do that i think you have a 99% chance that the camera will work longer than you want it.

    Later down the road, when you are a accomplished photographer and have earned enough to buy a new Hasselblad, go do that. But until you are there. Don’t complain over not having gear, its all about going outside of the comfort zone.

    I’m saying that anyone who finds a USD 500 camera not good enough probably is crappy or haven’t become their best yet. And those who can’t afford a USD 500 camera are probably not experienced enough to be “good enough” ;)