Rotkäppchen – The Dark Tale of Red Riding Hood

April 12, 2014 Travis Dewitz

Rotkappchen – The Dark Tale of Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood Standing Over Grave

Rotkäppchen: A Vintage Tale of Dark Shadows

As I lay my eyes upon the grave, my fearless heart pounds with the knowledge of what lies deep within my soul. The intense sadness rests for only a moment within my being. My vengeance has come; I know what I have to do. I will prepare for battle as I hunt you, this creature, who dwells in the depths of despair amidst the trees and brush. My relentless pursuit to find you is a challenge I will hungrily accept to find the perils of my serenity again. I will not stop until you lay before me. Red Riding Hood Strapping Her Boots Up Red Riding Hood Putting on Her Leather Arm Guards

Red Riding Hood Fire in VillageRed Riding Hood Putting Her Cape On

The woods of the Black Forest are draped with secrecy. My simple appearance is cloaked with deep red armor as the leather worn of my fallen father lines my arms and swathes my head. I know where you are, I know where I will lurk, and I am coming to find you. My shadows are near, my breaths echo the heaviness of silence as my spirit has arrived in your territory. My heart quickens as thoughts of the day you came for me race through my mind.

Red Riding Hood in Dark Woods Red Riding Hood Tracking the Wolf The towering trees over the forest floor feel my presence as I captivate your territory with my haunting need for revenge. The paths are not laced with flowers to pick or butterflies to chase. Stillness envelopes my actions while the sun creeps in for moments that ignites the fire burning throughout my veins. There will not be games of a tender young creature, a nice plump mouthful or decisions of who is better to eat. I don’t have wine, I don’t have cake, and I am not visiting grandma. I will be courageous with the axe of my father, who proudly laid it upon my hands as he passed on his huntsman legacy. Red Riding Hood On the Wolfs Trail Through the Woods Red Riding Hood Running Through Black Forest Red Riding Hood Moves Switly and Vigilantly Through the Forest Your thick musky scent penetrates the air as it leads me to your slumber. I am here now to expose you; your confident stature, desolate red eyes and your coat of midnight fur are unassuming of threat and desolation. I find myself laughing at your taunt of cockiness and arrogant persona. You have no idea who is about to be bestowed upon you. Why would you? I am not even here. Red Riding Hood Streaking After the Wolf Red Riding Hood On the Move Flasing Between the Trees The echoes of my footsteps shatter off of the trees and you know I am near. The shadows of my bravery are hovering over your spineless demeanor as you awaken in fear at my surreal presence. You catch a fleeting blurred glimpse of my red cape and you know your time has come. I watch you jump to all fours as you lift your head and let out a snarl that made my body tremble, but not break. The darkness of night ricochets with your call of the wild as I stand my ground against you. Your growls feed my desire to have you fight for your last breaths as you cower to me. I am here to slay you as you slayed me; I will take what you took from me. Red Riding Hood Circles the Wolf Axe in Hand As I raise my axe a humbling peace captivates my soul. My eyes are locked on your life slipping away as you bow your head to surrender. The blade rips through you as thoughts of my lifeless body at your feet tear through my mind. This haunting pursuit comes to fruition as the ultimate deed is avenged. I release the clenching grip of the handle and I am drenched in the foul smell of your final gasp. Red Riding Hood Running Through Forest With Axe Swinging Over Her Head Red Riding Hood Swinging Axe Down With Vengeance Red Riding Hood Bloody Axe Red Riding Hood Standing Over Dead Black Wolf Red Riding Hood Stares Down and Reflects Back Into the Calmness of Her Thoughts Red Riding Hood Axe Laying in Blood Soaked Snow The sounds of the winter night rush in as my illusory body fills with an overwhelming sense of relief. The latent power of the earth lifts my spirits to another place as I say my final goodbye. I graciously look upon my weathered cross and see the strength of my name etched in the tattered wood one last time. The shadows of Red Riding Hood, Rotkäppchen, will no longer be stalking the Black Forest. As my shadowy figure reveals my identity, I know I am at peace. Rotkäppchen has avenged the wolf. Rotkäppchen has dematerialized, but the spirit of Red Riding Hood lives on. Red Riding Hood Ghostly Looking Over Her Own Grave Red Riding Hoods Grave Marker Cross Reads Rotkappchen

Faerietale written by Erika Johnson

The Talent
Photographer | Travis Dewitz
Model | Teslyn
Author | Erika Johnson
Red Riding Hood Cape | Janay’s Tutu Fab
Leather Hood and Arm Guards | Becky Doverspike
Dress | L.may Fashion Design
Boots | Keen


travis dewitz pines portrait suit thumb web PhotographI am a well-seasoned photographer who at the core of who I am brings passion and knowledge to the great details of editorial photography. I am diligent about refining, perfecting, and even obsessing over my work; it is my passion. I believe it’s important to capture youth and teen models in a way that will build their foundation so they have a lasting effect in the modeling world. A strong suite with my style of editorial work is that my images launch many models into their modeling careers. Models I have worked with have been in Vogue Italia, numerous magazines, and even pursuing their dreams in Hollywood.


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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.

Comments (24)

  1. Erika Falter Johnson

    A lot of heart and soul went into this project. I cannot say enough about the work that Travis does and his ability to bring out different sides of Teslyn. Incredible artistry at its best.

  2. Kristy Kosek

    Amazing writing, Erika! These pictures of Teslyn are just stunning! She is a true beauty inside and out!

  3. Kendra Hansen McMillan

    Absolutely breathtaking. Such beautiful photos and a gorgeous girl. Truly amazing.

  4. Karen Nelson

    Amazing photography, beautiful subject (that’s one of two of our beautiful

  5. Karen Nelson

    Karen Nelson Absolutely amazing photography, beautiful subject! ( Teslyn is just one of my two beautiful granddaughters). And last but not least, Erika your writing is over the top!
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  6. Denise Clark

    Breath taking!!! the pictures, the writing the and subject…a beautiful dark tale all spun together…true art. Teslyn is gorgeous.

  7. Denise Clark

    Breathtaking!!! the pictures, the writing the and subject…a beautiful dark tale all spun together…true art. Teslyn is gorgeous.

  8. Travis Dewitz

    Thank you. I deeply appreciate all of your comments and support. This series would not have been possible without Erika’s writing, Janay’s cape that she custom made for this shoot, and of course Teslyn. Months of planning paid off in the end. Thank you.

  9. Sandi Field

    Love this! Great story, beautiful pictures, and a perfect model!

  10. Kris Rangel

    Wow, what a goose bump moment! Teslyn truly captivated the essence of the Grimm Brothers. What incredible talent from all involved with this project.

  11. Becky Doverspike

    Wow! I WAS Red Riding Hood, as I read and looked at this treasure! Excellent!

  12. Kerrie Ackerson

    An amazing new twist on a classic tale. And a beautiful editorial model to match. Great job Teslyn!

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