Feature 5 | Steve Russell | Comic Juggler

August 17, 2013
August 17, 2013 Travis Dewitz

Feature 5 | Selection of Five Images From my Latest Environmental Portrait Shoot

Media photography portrait shoot with well-known comic juggler Steve Russell. Steve is from the Menomonie, Wisconsin area and tours the country with his act. He studied and then later became a trainer at  the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Clown College which is one if not the most prestigious schools of its type. A few places Steve has performed include Disneyland, various cruise lines, Summerfest and many renaissance festivals and state fairs. He has also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America,  The Disney Channel, and Live! with Regis and Kelly.

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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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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.

Comments (4)

  1. Steve Russell, Comic Juggler

    Great work by Dewitz Photography – Travis Dewitz. Taken at the gorgeous Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie, WI. A vaudevillian in his natural habitat!

  2. Cindy Dewitz

    My favorite is when he is on stage balancing that pole. awesome picture!

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