2 Days Documenting the Chicago ‘L’

July 5, 2015 Travis Dewitz


Earlier this year I spent a couple of days exploring the famous Chicago elevated transit system known as the ‘L’. The ‘L’ has a long history with Chicago that I  documented as I walked the downtown streets and rode the different lines out of the city. Much of the system shows its age but there have been many upgrades and modernization throughout the system. The “loop” is my favorite part of the system as it tightly fits between the old and new buildings downtown. The Red Line subway downtown is also top of my list along with their wonderful gritty sub-terrain stations.

I grew up loving trains as most children do, but I continue to be fascinated by their steel lines through the land. My other website, The Railroad Collection, has many articles and photos from myself and others. There are articles about everything including Alaska, books, artwork, photography guides, maps, and history. The rest of the photos from my two days wandering Chicago will be there as well.

cta model billboards in chicago -5695_RCAn excerpt from 2 Days on the ‘L’

chicago_glass_building_reflections_6624_RC“The world of strangers, seemingly riding along together; the heads down staring at the cell phone, the homeless shadow looking for money, the society who want to be anonymous staring out the window, the conversation over a few beers in the corner, the ladies with the shopping bags, the parent clutching the hands of their little ones, the business suit watching the clock, the photographer trying to capture the perfect photo, the sports fanatic chasing the game, and all souls that are the face of the “L”. As we sit back and watch individuals unfold, we hone in on the element of enchanted mystery as we transform these characters in to our literal minds and describe their journeys in our thoughts and wonders.
Through the scratched windows, we see the intricate beauty of the sky-lined brick buildings and tree-lined streets of the city. This vantage point of the elevated track reminds us why so many chase this city.” read the rest

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Travis Dewitz

I. Love. Photography. I love it. It lightens my heart, fills my soul, and allows me to capture life the way that I see it. I constantly yearn to show life in a way that hasn’t been seen before, to bring images to people in a fresh and innovative way. My favorite focus in photography, my specialty I guess you would say, is Railroad Photography & Art. Something about the rumbling of these great, big, beautiful machines. The way they shake the earth beneath you as they rumble by, how they invade your chest and you can feel the rumble inside you. The plumes of heat on a hot day represented in a heat wave. Snaking through a western valley, void of trees or any other distracting element. Just the train, by itself, in it’s own inexplicable beauty and power. From the time I was a child, they have captured my imagination. I’ve recently gotten into portraiture a bit, and I want to bring some of my experiences with trains to that arena. To capture the power of a person, the sadness, loneliness, omniscience, pride, love, & carefree spirit in a way that hasn’t been done before. I want people to look at themselves in a photograph I have taken, and see a side of themselves that they think no one else has ever seen. Dewitz Photography is all about capturing a moment in a way that has never been seen before, capturing a beauty that some never knew was even there.