Over the last four years, photographer Thomas Sprunger has transported Quarterly readers to ACRES preserves across the region through his stunning images. An ACRES member and volunteer, Thomas shared his story with Communications Manager Bridgett Hernandez in a video interview.
From waterfalls frozen in icy splendor to the intricate beauty of spring wildflowers, Thomas’ nature photography captures a sense of wonder. “When people see the photo and say, ‘I would like to be there,’ that’s when I know I did my job,” he said.
Although Thomas began working with ACRES about four years ago, he had started shooting photos in ACRES preserves long before that.
Since answering an ACRES callout for photographers, Thomas’ work has been featured on our website, in the Quarterly and on postcards announcing newly protected places. He hopes his photos connect people to the preserves and inspire them to support ACRES mission: “I’m really appreciative of the fact that ACRES is preserving this land for us to enjoy forever,” he said.
Capturing the perfect shot isn’t always easy. He’s not an early riser by nature, but when weather conditions look favorable, he’s willing to get up earlier for sunrise shots.
“It’s worth it. It’s hard to get up out of bed in the morning, especially if it’s cold outside, but once you get out there, once you get the shot, you’re really glad you got up and actually did it,” he said.
Thank you, Thomas, for sharing your story and your talents with ACRES!