Blaze Orange at the University Club in Madison

October 18, 2014 Travis Dewitz

Sail Boats on Windy Lake Mendota Madison Dusk

I wanted to give you a peek into my short stay in Madison, Wisconsin. I was invited to a book signing with other authors at the University Club after The Society for Photographic Education‘s Thursday evening presentation was done.  I wasn’t able to attend any of  The Society for Photographic Education’s events but wish I could have. We drove down to Madison from Eau Claire and needed to be back in Eau Claire after the book event. I was able to meet many other authors including Carl Corey, Kevin Miyazaki, Jason Vaughn, and admire their books. Carl Corey’s book Tavern League, was one of the main inspirations for Blaze Orange. He also had his newest books, Along the Yellowstone Trail and For Love and Money. Kevin Miyazaki is a fellow Wisconsin Historical Society Press author with his new beautiful book Perimeter. Jason Vaughn book Hide is a fitting fit with Blaze Orange as it is filled with portraits of unique tree stands. We had a great time and we even stopped at the very unique and kinda creepy Ella’s Deli and Ice Cream Parlor on our way back home.

My local Blaze Orange book launch and book signing will be next week Saturday October 25th at 2pm at Books-a-Million.


4030 Commonwealth Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54701. I hope to see many of you there.

Memorial Union Building Madison

Science Hall UW Madison

Writing Center UW MadisonChazen Museum of ArtWisconsin Historical Society BuildingLooking Up Street at Science Hall

University of Wisconsin Engineering Man Hole Cover

Memorial Union Color Light WallSailboats on Lake MendotaMemorial Union on the Lak

Looking Through Glass Fire Place

Memorial Union TerraceMadison University Club
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Colorful Ivy Wall at Dusk

Madison State Capitol

Thank you to Bobbie Sue of Violet Photography and Design for the images of me at the event.

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Travis Dewitz Deer Hunting Portrait(pp w150 h150) Photograph

About the Author – Travis Dewitz is the owner of Dewitz Photography in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He has a deep passion for photography and loves environmental portraits along with documentary photography. Having lived in Wisconsin his whole life and growing up in the woods of western Wisconsin, Travis has an inside knowledge of the once a year whitetail gun hunting season. He personally knows the tradition and family ties to the cult like blaze orange wearing hunters that live for the 9 day season.

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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.