By Rami Abou-Sabe
Perhaps the most recognizable image of the 21st century, Myspace Tom‘s over-the-shoulder profile picture has been ingrained in our collective consciousness for over a decade. Born Thomas Anderson, Tom created Myspace in 2003 with Chris DeWolfe. While Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook would soon take over the majority market share, Tom from Myspace was everybody’s first friend in the mid-aughts.
The elusive entrepreneur has dropped out of the spotlight since leaving Myspace in 2009, but recently found success as one of Instagram’s hottest travel photographers.
Anderson began his photography hobby on a 2011 trip to the desert festival Burning Man. Inspired by friend and photographer Trey Ratcliff, Anderson quickly took to the new creative outlet. Fast forward six years, and Myspace Tom has traveled the world with friends, seeking out new locations to share with his followers. From Thailand to Peru, Japan to Iceland, and even a trip to see the Northern Lights – Tom has seen it – all with his camera in tow.
For a man who’s most recognized through a blurry, pixelated square photo – his recent work is rather impressive. Check out some of Tom’s recent travels below.
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!
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!