My Personal Website Gets a Refresh Along With Many New Additions to the Gary, Indiana Series

February 16, 2014 Travis Dewitz

gary_in_city_hall_aerial_6194_web Here are the latest images from my Gary Collection added over on my personal website. I did a major face lift to my personal photography website along with the latest photo additions the Gary Series. I also added a few new images to my Detroit Series, Steel Series, Carnival Series, Alice Series, and Braddock 15104 Series which can all be found at www.travisdewitz.com. My new Red Riding Hood series, RED, was just put up as well over the weekend. The incomplete and condensed history of Gary, Indiana is as followed. Gary was founded in 1906 as the new home of the United States Steel Corporation’s new steel mill, Gary Works. The city grew quickly and was prosperous until  the decline of steel demand that started in the 1960’s. With the entire city based around US Steel, the decline in steel also meant a decline in jobs and wealth in Gary. The city’s decline brought with it a rise in crime and loss of population. There was also a rapid racial change in Gary along with white flight through the 1970’s. The city’s population was on a steady decline but there was a large population decrease in the last two decade along with rampant crime.  The city is now just a shell of what it once was with abandoned ruins all around the city, many which were once beautiful buildings. gary_in_decrepit_house_surrounded_by_nice_homes_6448_webgary_in_father_and_son_meats_6366_webgary_in_grace_missionary_baptist_church_hardware_store_6455_webgary_in_graffiti_hilton_parking_ramp_6183_webgary_in_large_brick_knights_of_columbus_building_6403_webgary_in_large_brick_knights_of_columbus_building_looking_up6405_webgary_in_large_church_and_cross_vacant_lot_6290_webgary_in_row_of_colorful_houses_in_ruins_6390_webgary_in_uss_gary_works_aerial_jb_hunt_intermodal_9178_webgary_in_abandoned_blue_house_in_ruins_6380_webgary_in_abandoned_brick_public_school_building_6233_webgary_in_abandoned_brick_public_school_building_interior_view_stairs_6245_webgary_in_abandoned_brick_public_school_building_interior_view_wet_floor_6239_webgary_in_abandoned_intersection_sims_tires_6014_webgary_in_abandoned_parry_shaw_building_6322_webgary_in_aerial_abandoned_apartment_building_9193_webgary_in_baptist_church_gary_water_tower_6004_web


Travis Dewitz Powerlines Portrait ThumbThrough the creative lens of Travis Dewitz; he demonstrates time and time again how much splendor can be extracted from the interplay of the industrial world around us. In the most unusual and unexpected places Dewitz showcases images that embody the forgotten beauty of railways, factory floors, the rolling smoke of steel mills, and the cities that are built around them. He brings a certain magic as he invokes the very souls of these once-glorious industrial areas; his captures overflow with inspirational energy. Click here to view his personal series.


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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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  1. Joe Brideau via Facebook

    I’m from Welland, Ontario, Canada and witnessed the decline of jobs in the manufacturing / steel industry. Most notable loss was Atlas Steel. Sad to see so many families affected by greedy corporations…

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