William Lemke

"I choose to work in black and white because it encourages both myself and the viewer to concentrate on texture, tonality, and the emotional qualities of light. My ultimate goal is to inspire viewers to develop a deep appreciation for nature and a desire to preserve and protect our environment. "

Black and white photography makes a personal and emotional connection with the viewer, taking them back to a place where they spent time or triggering a memory of a significant period in their life. It encourages the viewer to look more carefully at the details, like shadows and texture, to understand the mood. Black and white photographs evoke wonder and curiosity.

Lemke's images are created using either a 4"x5" or 8"x10" film camera. He uses traditional photographic darkroom processes to create silver gelatin prints. Each print is individually exposed and hand processed following archival standards set forth by Ansel Adams. All prints are photographed, developed, mounted, matted, and framed by the artist to maintain museum standards.

Lemke earned his associate's degree at Milwaukee Area Technical College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, then enhanced his education through taking and teaching courses at the Milwaukee Center for Photography and Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. He also participated in a Friends of Photography workshop in Carmel, California, taught by Ansel Adams.

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Dot's Diner
Color Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 400
Fog Minooka
Color Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 400
Lighthouse
Color Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 400
Village Italy
Color Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 400
Bicycle France
Color Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 400
Bicycle Japan
Color Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 300
Bicycles Egypt
Color Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 400
Keyhole
Color Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 400
Skunk Cabbage
Black & White Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 350
Gorge #1 - Ithaca, NY
Black & White Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 450
Sunflowers & Clouds
Black & White Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 450
Magnolia Blossom
Black & White Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 350
Three Cows and Fog
Black & White Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 450
Plants #1 France
Black & White Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 350
Rock Nova Scotia
Black & White Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 450
Path & Fog - Kettle Moraine
Black & White Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 450
Saguaro #2 - AZ
Black & White Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 450
Palm Detail - Hawaii
Black & White Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 350
Plant Near Boulder, Utah
Black & White Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 350
Village Pyreneese
Black & White Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 450
Arched Trees
Black & White Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 450
Tree and Cows
Black & White Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 600
Maple Tree and Fog
Black & White Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 600
Plant #1 Hawaii
Black & White Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 350
Hostas
Black & White Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 350
Victoria Regina
Black & White Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 350
Plants Near the Golden Gate
Black & White Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 350
The Goosenecks
Black & White Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 450
Pier #1 Doctor's Park
Black & White Photograph

by William Lemke
$ 450
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Art Fair on teh Square, IL, Belleville, 2016
Historic Shaw Art Fair, MO, St. Louis, 2016
Midwest Salute to the Artists, IL, Fairview Heights , 2016
Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, FL, Winter Park, 2014
St. Louis Art Fair, MO, Clayton, 2014