Blaze Orange 2014 Midwest Book Award Finalist

May 30, 2015
May 30, 2015 Travis Dewitz

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Midwest Book Award

2014 Midwest Book Awards Finalist Certificate

I was honored to have become the 25th Annual Midwest Book Award Finalist sponsored by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association. Blaze Orange placed in the Midwest Regional Interest: Illustration, category.

 Blaze Orange_large_cover_500px_midwest_book_award_finalistThe 25th Annual Midwest Book Awards Gala was held on May 13, 2015, at the Olson Campus Center at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. Hundreds came to celebrate the finest in independent publishing. Congratulations to all the winners, finalists, and the supporters they brought to the gala. You truly made it a great party. Also a big thank you to all of our judges and volunteers.

The 2014 Midwest Book Awards attracted 185 books, entered in 42 categories. A record 90 publishers from the 12 Midwestern states in our region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) participated. Some books were entered in more than one category—for a total of 372 entries. – MIPA Website

New Website

The new Blaze Orange website for the book has been completed. The website features a parallax scrolling design and new store page. This modern design looks good and is also mobile device friendly.

New Blaze Orange Website

YouTube Publicity

Blaze Orange also made an appearance on the very popular (689,448 subscribers) vlog of Casey Neistat. I have been following Casey on YouTube for a while. He is a NYC videographer that has done work for many high-profile clients, including Vogue, HBO, Mercedes, etc. The list goes on and on. He is unique and a little crude in his approach to his video work. Recently he started doing daily vlogs which for whatever reason are addicting to me and thousands of others. I don’t think you can just jump in and get them but after a few you will.

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.

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