About the Photographer

At the beginning of my junior year at Vanderbilt University, I borrowed my parents’ Minolta SR-T 201 to take along on a year-abroad exchange program at the University of Regensburg in Germany. That camera, a dormitory darkroom and a year spent in a country recovering from but still divided by war, combined to make an encouraging environment for a novice photographer.

Two years later, some fellow Americans I had befriended in Regensburg invited me along on a personal adventure, which evolved into an opportunity to tell an engaging story with captured images. We crafted a raft in a Kansas City public park from assorted lumber, 24 fifty-five gallon oil drums and an old telephone pole, and floated down the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, roughly 1,500 miles, to New Orleans.

More recently, I have traveled on image quests to locations like the Galápagos Islands, the UK and Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks in California. But most of the photographs I have taken over the years have been taken in and around Nashville.

I’ve been making photographs for forty years.

Click through the menu at the top of the page to see some of them.

-Justus W. Thomas