Blaze Orange Book Presentation at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconson

April 26, 2015
April 26, 2015 Travis Dewitz


IMG_7600-3I presented Blaze Orange at the Fox Cities Book Festival along with Kevin Miyazaki and his book Perimeter. The presentation was in the cinema on the Lawrence University campus. I spoke about the artistic angle I took on the Blaze Orange Series and how it was deeply connected to the people and small Wisconsin communities.

One review of the presentation states, “While birdwatchers were the key group of nature-users Berry discussed, Travis Dewitz got to know hunters. Dewitz said that in his overall work as a photographer, he has learned to appreciate the diversity of perspectives Blaze Orange Book Storepeople have to offer, as he gets to know the subjects of his photos. As a community, we should appreciate the diverse ways we look at nature. Working on this particular project, Blaze Orange: Whitetail Deer Hunting in Wisconsin, he learned a lot about the knowledge that is gained through hunting, and ideas about hunting which are broadly shared amongst Wisconsin hunters.” – Dr. Jeffrey Filipiak 

The new website for Blaze Orange  is almost done and now includes an online store where signed copies are available for purchase. Other products will be for sale here as well as they become available including my custom designed tee shirts. The shirts feature a vintage inspired 1900’s advertisement like design that promotes Whitetail Deer Hunting in Wisconsin.

You can check out the new Blaze Orange website at

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.