January 30, 2014 Travis Dewitz

Travis Dewitz Volume One PresentationI put together this video of my Eau Claire Past to Present presentation that I did at the The Local Store and Volume One Gallery. I decided to put this together for those of you that couldn’t make it. The presentation was held for the You Know You’re from Eau Claire When…  Facebook group get together. My presentation covered my Unseen & Historic Eau Claire photo series that is also presently displayed at the Chippewa Valley Museum. The main portion of my presentation was about my new Eau Claire Past & Present photo series in which I re-shoot old photographs taken from varies locations around Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley. I try to capture the scene as close to the original photo as I can so that the viewer can see the past to present transformation. I always try to find scenes that still include something from the original photo like a building or landmark. I would like to say thank you to everyone that came to my presentation and to Volume One and The Local Store for the invitation.

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 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.

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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.

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  1. Deb Garton Brantner

    Thank you for doing this for us, Travis. It was fascinating!

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