Thomas Ulch

My name is Thomas William Ulch II. I live in Ann Arbor and teach in Ypsilanti, Michigan at Eastern Michigan University.

I have shot pretty much everything! Travel work in over 49 countries, Playboy Playmates, weddings, engagements, Senior photos, sporting events (from school sports to World Cup soccer) baby shoots, concerts, boudoir, events, glamour, fashion shows and recently signed on to shoot stills and video for the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

I have always been a wanderer and in the summer of 2004 I combined my love of travels with my passion for sharing them.

Part of being an educator is being a student. Whenever I am out of the classroom, I try to visit someplace new and then transformation takes place. I live to meet new people and experience new cultures. I find that I learn a lot about my own culture by being immersed in others. Being on the road is exhilarating and terrifying. It allows you to be totally in the moment and forces you to rely on the kindness of strangers. I have never been let down. The more people I meet from all over the world, the more confidence I have in the inherent goodness of humanity. I urge you to go out and experience the world for yourself! In a week in a completely foreign land where you don’t speak the language you will find out a lot about yourself and about humanity in general. Some lessons may be painful, some will be joyous but I promise you, you will learn.

I have traveled extensivley through Germany, Austria, Denmark, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, France, Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Bosnia, Canada, Slovenia, Croatia, Luxembourg, Korea, Switzerland, The UK, Mexico, Nicaragua, Hounduras, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and of course the States.

I am always willing to donate my work so feel free to contact me.

My time in Central America really opened my eyes to a lot of things. I always knew in the abstract that we in the States live in what Carolyn Forche calls an "island of greed and grace" but nothing could have prepared me for some of the things that I saw. The conditions that some people live in are very bad. And of course it is the children who suffer the most. We all need to do our parts. I strongly encourage you to help someone in some way. It is all of our obligation to make the world a better place.

My book of travel photography, Barenaked Travel is available at

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