Chayanne Carroll Takes Home Silver at Youth National Championship

January 13, 2015
January 13, 2015 Travis Dewitz

Chayanne Carroll Community Boxing Club Neilsville

Congratulations to area boxer, Chayanne Carroll, from Thorp for her Silver medal in her first Youth National Boxing Championships and Junior Open in Reno Nevada. Chay’s 165-pound punch landed her in the championship round this past Friday. She ultimately lost to a tough competitor from Virginia who had multiple national championships under her belt. This tournament is an important next step as this sixteen year old continues to pursue her goals as a top athlete and competitor. Winners of this tournament could be named to the 2015 national team along with international competition with other countries, invitations from the Olympic trials and rankings in other big tournaments. I had the opportunity to work with her during a photo shoot and I could see the determination and passion she had for boxing throughout our time together.  Other photos from my series can be seen in her Feature 5 post here.

travis dewitz pines portrait suit thumb web PhotographAs an established and versatile photographer I work in many genres of photography. Environmental Portraiture allows me to connect my genuine curiosity of my subject into a visual timeless story through the creation of their  portrait. Working with the naivety and quiet beauty of people fascinates me as I engage in the essence of who they are and their true sense of identity. I photograph the emotion and personality in their everyday being through deliberate details and natural flair. My yearning is to naturally engage you doing what you love and the essence of who you really are. 

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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.