My mother, Cindy Dewitz, didn’t just throw photos into a photo album, she told a short story. This album is a little bit of her childhood but mostly of her life in and around her high school years. Seeing her album made me think about how we share our lives now. How will we share them in the future? How we preserve and share our past has changed greatly and quickly. I don’t have anything like this put together. I probably don’t even have enough images of my personal life to fill an album. This really made me think. I have tens of thousands of images, with only a small fraction printed out and still I don’t have many of my personal life. I’m always trying to capture the perfect moment. Maybe I need to step back and take a few pictures of my life. Maybe I need to create an album of me. Albums are outdated but at least they are cheaper now. Maybe that doesn’t matter as only what is in it does? Maybe there are some creative ways to make an album, a way to un-cheapen it. Press printed books might be a good option but you do lose some of the tactile feel that a photo album has. What are you going to do?
Travis 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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