Tommy Corey describes himself as an outdoor photographer who has a personal focus on people of the outdoors, showcasing diversity and inclusion and access to outdoor spaces. I had been following his Instagram for a while when I read this post, which he shared in July 2022:
“Yes, I quit the CDT [Continental Divide Trail]. It was the best decision I’ve ever made … I’m working on a huge book project that will include 100 inspiring outdoor individuals. It’s a project I’ve wanted to create for a long time, and I finally had the energy and creativity to make it happen.
Thru-hiking isn’t everything to me. At one point I thought it was. In fact, I realized the life I’ve built for myself is way better than any hike I could ever do. I want to keep working on everything I’ve created the last few years in doing diversity / inclusion work in the outdoors. That’s the most important thing to me and where my heart is right now.” – @tommycoreyphoto