200 Portraits in 60 Minutes at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair

July 12, 2015 Travis Dewitz

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Every year at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair, I try to do something different from the previous year. This year with a lot of help from Julia, Geneva, and Kayla; three young ladies that have exceptionally bright personalities and participate yearly in the fair’s agricultural programs. I set out with the goal of taking 100 portraits in one hour.

This includes finding participants, sharing what this is for, setting up, letting them know where they can find their pictures and of course a moment of thanks at the end. With my helpers we crossed over the 100 threshold in under thirty minutes so we set a new goal of two hundred faces. We ended with portraits of the three of them. Thank you to everyone that participated and I hope you all had a blast at the fair!

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travis dewitz pines portrait suit thumb web PhotographTravis Dewitz is a remarkable photographer in the Chippewa Valley. He is well known for photographing local sceneries, landmarks, venues, buildings and people in various and ingenious ways. Though you may not know him personally, his work provides a unique foundation of our local community and his photographs are unmistakable. Dewitz’s pictures are an impressive feat and preserve a moment; long after our travels are over, and our memories faded, photos are what remind us of the adventures we had and the connections to the people we met. Learn More About Him Here | Buy His Book Here

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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.

Comments (5)

  1. Carol Gindt

    Wonderful photos, so colorful and real. I can hear the music, taste the food and anticipate the excitement while waiting in line for a ride. I now live over 3000 miles away in bush Alaska. I miss my “hometown” fair and all the anticipation it brought year after year.

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