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

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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 However, during his boot camp physical they discovered he was color blind and the offer was rescinded.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 started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.