“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
— Henri Cartier-Bresson
“Without the courage of one's conviction, it's easy to surrender one's creative vision to the herd mentality.”
— Brooks Jensen (editor: LensWork)
My photographic career began in the mid-1950s with a Kodak Signet 35 camera, a GE exposure meter, and Kodachrome film (ASA 10 and not to be confused with Kodachrome II). In 1977, the Canon F-1 and A-1 cameras helped me to accumulate a box-car load of slides and prints taken nationally and internationally over the next 30 years. In 2007, the new computer-based tools of digital image processing and relational database management dramatically advanced the art and science of photography for me. Over the years, my imagery has focused on travel, landscape, macro, flower, wildlife, and, during several bouts of cerebral hemorrhage, wedding photography.
Two Fujifilm X-T4 cameras, an X100V, and a wide selection of Fujinon lenses are my current hardware of choice. I have given recent presentations to numerous photography groups that address principles of visual design, travel, wildlife, photographic workflow, and street photography. My images have been published in national photography magazines, used by BBC-TV, hung in local and international art galleries, and earned awards in national and international competitions. One of my images was recently selected for inclusion in Our Magnificent Planet — a fine-art-photography book published by LensWork that contains one image from each of 300 fine-art photographers from around the world. In 2020 the Tom Carroll Photography website was awarded Best Architecture & Culture Photographer (USA): Tom Carroll by the British LUX Life Magazine, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. After 30 years in Minneapolis, I now reside in Davidson, North Carolina.
— Peripatetic Visual Designer and Image Maker
— Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association (Member No. 3219)
— Photographic Society of America (Member No. 106071)
Davidson, North Carolina