The Chippewa River Heritage Series

August 20, 2016 Travis Dewitz
No. 8967 - Chippewa River - Winter, Wis.

No. 8967 – Chippewa River – Winter, Wis.

The Chippewa River was one of the most important waterways in the state of Wisconsin’s history. Originally named Otchipwe by the Chippewa Indians, the river was used to float 34% of Wisconsin’s northern pine forests down to the lumber mills. In comparison, the Wisconsin River was only responsible for carrying 21% of the logs. The 183 mile long river is formed at the confluence of the East and West Fork Chippewa Rivers at Lake Chippewa, north of the community of Winter, and empties into the Mississippi near Trevino. The river’s watershed drains seven million acres, known as the Chippewa Valley. This long-term photography project known as, “The Chippewa River Heritage Series”, will document the people, communities, industries, and history along the Chippewa as it is today. The project will include an interactive map of all the locations documented that can be seen below. I invite you to follow along and explore this natural resource with me.

General References
Chippewa River Reminder of Areas Development
Wikipedia

Chippewa River Heritage Series

 

 


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.