This is the World of Chevys and Remingtons

July 25, 2015
July 25, 2015 Travis Dewitz

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“Dewitz’s excellent images capture without fanfare what deer hunting is all about to rural America.” – Christopher Camuto


 

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The latest review for Blaze Orange – Whitetail Deer Hunting in Wisconsin, was published in the July 2015 issue of Gray’s Sporting Journal, written by author, Christopher Camuto.

“Dewitz has created a soulful photographic account of deer hunting at its best, the quiet passion of rural folk for whom deer season is the heart of every year. He captures the faces of ordinary hunters, young and old, the farm yards where they gather and the fields and woods where they hunt, the hunting cabins and kitchens where they tell their stories. This is the world of Chevys and Remingtons, gun stores and check stations, and a lot of unposed faces–smiling and weary–hunting as family and friends, gathering venison and memorize and trophy buck here and there to drape with Christmas lights and toast with a tall boy. Dewitz’s excellent images capture without fanfare what deer hunting is all about to rural America.”

– Christopher Camuto – Author of several books most recently Time and Tide in Arcadia: Seasons on Mount Desert Island

 


Blaze Orange_large_cover_500px_midwest_book_award_finalistIn Blaze Orange, photographer Travis Dewitz captures the joy, excitement, and camaraderie of deer hunting in Wisconsin. A lone hunter in a tree stand as dawn arrives. A girl and her grandfather scanning a field in the fresh snow. Tired hunters laughing around the evening fire back at camp. These are snapshots of a culture touchstone. With more than 600,000 hunters taking to the fields and woods of the state each year, the whitetail deer season is by far Wisconsin’s largest sporting event. Dewitz documents the hunt and more as he rides along with hunters and a game warden, visits local mom-and-pop stores where hunters gather, and records the industries that operate alongside the deer season—a taxidermist and knife maker, butchers and sausage makers. The result is a stunning and keen-eyed chronicle of one season of the Wisconsin deer hunt. Want to know more?


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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.