Commissioned Book Cover Design for “Return to Widows Hollow”

June 1, 2014
June 1, 2014 Travis Dewitz

I enjoy the experimentation of graphic design work and savor every moment I can to spend time honing in on my skills. I wish there was more time in a day to devote to this essential talent. I am my own teacher, as many of my photography skills go hand in hand with graphic design. Many that follow my work, and are close me, are unaware of the dedication I have to educating myself about vintage and modern advertising, typography, spatial layout, web design and branding. J. Helen Elza, author of Return to Widows Hollow – Book II of the Appalachian Trilogy, had an immediate and intense connection to my image of a train rolling past a front porch in the mountains of West Virginia. The view and mood perfectly linked to her story and she used this image for her book cover. I composed the cover layout for the soon to be published book. She had specific text layout, photos, and colors that I was mindful of as I designed. The finished product is one that I am proud of, one that allowed me to push my boundaries of graphic design while integrating my love of photography.

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Travis Dewitz Portrait

My name is Travis Dewitz and I am from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. I love photography. It lightens my heart, fills my soul, and allows me to capture life the way that I see it. I have always looked at designs and layouts with a keen eye and deep appreciation for the best way to evoke details. I am very technically driven; I need to know the intricate details of everything. I feel you can’t fully understand something without know all the fine details. ~ read more about me.


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.