fallen embraceThomas Lemke
the sentinelThomas Lemke
fig tree rootThomas Lemke
the hiding placeThomas Lemke
the dissidentThomas Lemke
midstream iceThomas Lemke
small spirit – dark formslemketwo
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ice, freestones, waterlemketwo
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early morning – freestoneslemketwo
Beneath the IceThomas Lemke
dark waterThomas Lemke
stem detailThomas Lemke
hairy fern budThomas Lemke
curled bracken budThomas Lemke
three fernsThomas Lemke
man with childThomas Lemke
children in downpourThomas Lemke
tourists – IstanbulThomas Lemke
protesters – IstanbulThomas Lemke
tourists on bikesThomas Lemke
waiting for the lightThomas Lemke
girls on halloween dayThomas Lemke
art appreciation classThomas Lemke
school of studentsThomas Lemke
child on squidThomas Lemke
woman posingThomas Lemke
solitary womanThomas Lemke
man adjusting drawstringThomas Lemke
bed raceThomas Lemke
handsome man with ugly fishThomas Lemke
tourist jumpingThomas Lemke
arm wrestlingThomas Lemke
My beginnings were in Central Wisconsin. I grew up outside the small town of Gresham roaming a backyard that was a virtually limitless expanse of farm fields, woodlots, lakes and rivers. Before the term was used for raising heathy chickens, I was free-ranging.
At age 12 my uncle gave me a camera and I started to capture my world on film. My father helped me build a darkroom from scratch and the sight of first my print emerging in the developer hooked me. Photography is my passion and career.
I moved to Milwaukee to attend Layton School of Art and then Milwaukee Area Technical college. I was hired as a company photographer for Northwestern Mutual. With my wife Joanne, Mequon has been my home for the past 34 years.
I have studied color and composition with Ernst Haas, the photographic range of light with John Sexton and the beauty of grays and tonality with George Tice. I’ve learned from these masters but also greatly benefited from the skill and guidance of many photographer friends.
I made my living photographing people for the most part. Portraits, public relations and advertising were my mainstay. But no matter my
urban commitments I always found time to photograph in my favorite places, those woods and rivers in wilder country.