Remember this man?
Yup, that’s Tom Anderson, founder of Myspace, and was everyone’s first friend on the social network.
After selling Myspace to News Corp. in 2005 for $580 million, Tom is now happily retired and enjoying life as a photographer.
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Some of his best photos come from the continent of Asia, like this breathtaking aerial shot of Manila, Philippines.
“Travel was never my thing specifically; I was not a collector of places or experiences.” Anderson told NextShark. “But once I had a camera in my hand, everything changed. I was driven, and it gave me a creative purpose that guides all my travel.”
Tom’s hauntingly beautiful 2012 photo from Taiwan makes us want to visit Taipei multiple times.
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. 🙂
The hot air balloon festival in Burma is straight out of a fairy tale.
“Burma is my favorite place – I like something that seems different than the West, something apart and truly foreign.” Anderson said. “The way people dress, their attitudes, their culture. I was mesmerized from the minute I set foot in that country. I have high hopes for Aung san suu Kyi and am eagerly watching what is developing there.”
Tom takes stunning night sky photos, too. Here’s a shot of a skyline in Singapore:
MySpace Tom discovered a private island in Thailand, throwing a little shade at “Tesla/Musk” in the process.
We found our own private island 🙂 Starting to think really learning how to navigate and sail would be so cool. Until Tesla/Musk gets us to Mars, using your own boat maybe the easiest way to find untouched / truly unseen places. This reminds me of a cool documentary you should check out called Maidentrip. It’s about a 14 — yes, 14 — year old girl who sails around the world! That girl has some courage!
He may want to take up wildlife photography as well because these furry little creatures at a Japanese hot spring are adorable.
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!
But some of his favorite photos were captured in Guilin, China, which Anderson describes as: “One of those ‘I can’t believe how cool this is’ moments”.
Tom shared a cool story with NextShark about his travels:
“There are so many times when you connect with people as a helpless, lost and clueless foreigner. I once crossed a river in a part of China not knowing that the wood-thatched “ferry” stopped running. The guys had gone home I guess. I ended up finding someone who took me across in a boat that could barely float. Then had to hitch hike down a crazy, hair-pin turn mountain with a truck driver who spoke no English. This was far, far away from any touristic spot. If this happened to you in your own country, you’d probably be annoyed. But when you are a visitor in someone else’s country, it all feels like a wonderful adventure.”
Also, guess what! Tom is also giving away a trip to Hawaii via his Instagram account!
I am giving away a trip to Oahu, Hawaii For your chance to win, just do three things: 1️⃣ Follow verified @myspacetom (if you aren’t already) 2️⃣ Tag 3 friends in the comments of this video 3️⃣And like this video!!! The winner will be announced on May 9th, 2017! Note this is my own giveaway and not connected with Instagram in any way. Video by @weerdnaa
One lucky winner will be offered a trip to the island of Oahu, courtesy of everyones first “friend” on MySpace.
According to Tom’s official Instagram account, here’s what you have to do for your change to win:
- Follow verified “MySpaceTom”.
- Tag three friends in the comments of the video.
- And like the video.
The winner of the giveaway, which Tom pointed out isn’t “connected with Instagram in any way”, will be announced on May 9.
Hong Kong is such a vibrant city. Camera in hand, there’s almost too much to photograph. You can’t help but feel energized by the frenetic pace of people movement, the impressive architecture, and the scenic (especially at night) harbor. I’ve seen old photos of Hong Kong and oh how I wish I was there 150 years ago. Back then you’d see the original Junks with their distinctive red sails. The one pictured here is a replica of the old days