By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published May 21, 2020 at 2:02 PM

The coronavirus pandemic has changed our everyday life, but it doesn't need to change who we are. So, in addition to our ongoing coverage of the coronavirus, OnMilwaukee will continue to report on cool, fun, inspiring and strange stories from our city and beyond. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay informed and stay joyful. We're all in this together. #InThisTogetherMKE

Joel Kempfer's artistic focus started with photography, but with the help of technology, it has evolved into new forms.

"I start with a photographic capture and manipulate the image using a variety of digital platforms," says Kempfer. "I’ve loved photography since I was a child and new technology allows me to elevate my vision beyond the capture."

As a young man, Kempfer joined the Navy after being guaranteed a spot in the Photographers’ Mate School. However, during his boot camp physical they discovered he was color blind and the offer was rescinded. However, this didn't stop Kempfer from pursuing photography on his own.

Thus, today Kempfer is a 100 percent self-taught artist and says his inspirations come from Milwaukee's architecture, history, people and cultures. 

For Kempfer, sheltering in place during the pandemic has had a positive effect on his work. It's granted him the time to concentrate solely on creating.

"I’ve been more productive these past few months than ever before," he says.

More of Kempfer's work can be found on Facebook and Instagram. Kempfer will also be a guest on this week's MKEfest Virtual Art Walk Series, Saturday, May 23 at 3 p.m. The series runs live every Saturday on OnMilwaukee's Facebook page. Find out more info about the series here.

Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.

She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that. 

Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.

Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.

In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!

When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.