Posted in Vampires with tags , , on October 16, 2016 by thomlang

Ever peek into somebody’s medicine cabinet at a party?  Maybe you should (it could save your life)!

This was a few years back (quite a few) after shooting pool at a bar downtown (way down), I somehow ended up at a little after hours get together at a 5th floor walk-up apartment. It was a nice little party. Everyone was polite and dressed real nice, and there were drinks (a tall pale stranger was mixing some strong Bloody Marys) and snacks, too. Thinking back, maybe the vibe was a little formal (everyone all dressed in black), but this was downtown after all. Things were going just fine until I slipped into the loo in search of some dental floss (to free a piece of celery from between my teeth).

Well, when I opened the medicine cabinet this is what I saw. I needed just a split second to snap this photo before I slipped out of the window and down the fire escape. 


This photo can be licensed through Getty Images. Check out my WEBSITE to see more.


Posted in Spontaneous Human Combustion with tags , , on October 4, 2016 by thomlang

“It happens sometimes. People just explode. Natural causes.” – Agent Rogersz

Inspired from a scene in the 1984 film Repo Man, I made this photograph with the help of two of my nephews (and pyromaniacs-in-training). Thanks Colm – Good work,  Isaac.


I’ve been fascinated by the idea of spontaneous human combustion since I first learned of it while studying beer and sci-fi movies in college. But it turns out that it might not be just science fiction. There have been about 200 cases reported dating back 300 years. That’s quite rare, but apparently it happens sometimes. Similarities in the recorded cases of SHC have been noted in the book Medical Jurisprudence published in 1823:

  • The victims are often chronic alcoholics.
  • They are mostly elderly females.
  • The body has not always burned spontaneously, but some lighted substance has come into contact with it.
  • The hands and feet usually fall off.
  • The fire has caused very little damage to combustible things in contact with the body.
  • The combustion of the body has left a residue of greasy, stinky ashes.

The current scientific consensus suggests that most if not all cases have overlooked external ignition sources. Yeah, right.


Posted in Crush with tags , , on September 15, 2016 by thomlang

New York will crush you…  if you let it. I noticed a particularly super-smashed Coke can on the street a few years ago and picked it up to inspect it more closely. It was so flat it must have been run over a thousand times. It was so cool looking that I brought it to my studio, and photographed it. That was the first one. I wouldn’t consciously search for them, but the cans would just appear there on the street, and I would pick them up and put them in the smashed-can box. After a few years of this the smashed-can box has runneth over. So before I recycle them, I’ve attempted to capture the unique beauty in that first smashed can that caught my eye. Here they are, photographed back in their natural environment – the streets of New York. I think this series is about noticing beauty in small and simple things. I still look up in awe at the Manhattan skyscrapers, but I also can’t help but look down. I like the grit and grime. After 20 years, I still have a crush on New York City.

See more on my Website!




Posted in Mermaid Day Parade with tags , , , on June 25, 2016 by thomlang

The sun shined all day, and there were Mermaids, King Neptunes, and so many other beauties celebrating at Coney Island for the annual Mermaid Festival last Saturday June 18th. Thanks to all of the  creative characters who allowed me to take their photograph. See my website for more!

























Posted in eBooks with tags , , , on February 21, 2016 by thomlang

Double Wide Paradise Cover-BHow do you  shoot a mind reader? I mean visually portray a complex fictional character in an interesting way with one image?

You shoot him eating his favorite meal while trying to drown out all of the voices coming into his head and then invert the image to negative to add some drama and mystery (at least that’s how I did it).

Here is the cover image that I photographed for the short fiction piece “Double Wide Paradise”. It’s a really cool story that will make you think. It’s written by Morley McCurdy and available on Amazon here.

My thanks to Jeffrey “The Dude” Lang for channeling the main character Lance Parkin for the photo. Like a great method actor, he just knew what to do (it was like he was reading my mind).





Posted in Ash Wednesday Photos with tags , , , on February 12, 2016 by thomlang

“Ashes to Ashes”  is an ongoing project I’ve been working on, photographing strangers on the streets of New York on the day after Mardi Gras, the first day of Lent; Ash Wednesday.

 “Ashes to ashes and dust to dust” is a reminder of our fragility, and of the preciousness of the time that we  have here. Thanks to each person who shared their ashes with me.

If you like these, you can see more of my work here:

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Posted in eBooks with tags , , , on January 25, 2016 by thomlang

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

Einstein said that. I think what he was saying is that to solve a problem, sometimes you need to think outside the box. Other times what you really need is a magic potion. And for really tricky situations sometimes you need both.  I created this image of a bottle of magic potion in an old dungeon to illustrate the story “Death of a Wizard” by the up and coming writer Morley McCurdy. It’s a really good story, and I don’t want to give away the ending so get it on Amazon here, or check out his blog, Crunch Crunch Zoom, for short fiction with a touch of darkness, humor, and no shortage of imagination.