Why These Photos Mean the World to Me

June 21, 2015 Travis Dewitz

Cindy Dewitz Photo Album-5127My 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 Albums are outdated but at least they are cheaper now.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?

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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 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.