Rodeo Nights

November 17, 2016
November 17, 2016 Travis Dewitz

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Rodeo Nights

Rice Bull Riding Co. – Jackson County Fair – Black River Falls, Wis.

The bull pawed the mud-covered ground as the breath from his nostrils shadowed through the leftover midst of the torrential rains at the Jackson County Fair in Black River Falls. The Rice Bull Riding Company drew crowds to the rodeo that the mud and rain couldn’t stop. Stormy skies lit up the arena as the bulls were hustled into their pens and riders suited up in leather armor. The unguarded elements put the riders to the test as the wild brawl between man and his bull began. Wet hides made the riders earn their eight seconds of fame. As darkness fell the lights shined down onto their stage of mud, their battleground of righteousness. These warriors may be competing for the top prize, but the sense of brotherhood and sisterhood remains steadfast in their efforts to help each other. As the hours wind down a winner is eventually crowned and the stage goes dark…the bull riders pack up and hit the road until their next eight seconds. – written by Erika Johnson

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Photos from Rice Bull Riding Co. at the Jackson County Fair in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

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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.