Signing Blaze Orange at The Depot in Minneapolis

October 7, 2014 Travis Dewitz


Another leg of my journey as a first time author was going to the Heartland Fall Forum. The Heartland Fall Forum is a regional book trade show serving the Greater Midwest. It has been viewed as an overwhelming success and is now a permanent feature of the publishing and bookselling landscape. The trade show is made up by the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association and the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association. This is one of the largest book sellers events of the year; with this years show held at The Depot in Minneapolis while next years show will be in Chicago.

The Depot is impeccably inspiring in its museum-like stature; it stands as a living, breathing testimonial to a monumental era of rail travel located in the old Milwaukee Road depot in downtown Minneapolis. The Depot houses two hotels, an array of meeting rooms, a full restaurant and bar. How fitting for one of my first book events to be connected with railroad history, that many know I am fascinated with.

History of the Old Milwaukee Road Depot

The last train left in 1971, but The Depot still stands as a monument to romantic, adventurous rail days gone by. For nearly seven decades, family members and loved ones stood at the atrium of the Depot and waved to passengers boarding the trains of the Milwaukee Road line. A prosperous hub of business and personal travel, this was the place where ambition set forth, destinies converged, and hearts became one. –

I was scheduled to be at this event to sign copies of Blaze Orange at the Wisconsin Historical Society Press’ booth for the booksellers. While there I was able to answer any of their questions about the book and I was able to take this time to learn a little about them and their businesses. I even heard a few hunting stories. It was a great experience and exposure to this part of the book industry and I am grateful for this opportunity to be surrounded by so many brilliant authors and artists of all genres.




Thank you to Bobbie Sue of Violet Photography and Design for the images of me at the event.

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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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