4-H Equestrian Show

September 4, 2017
September 4, 2017 Travis Dewitz

2017 Northern Wisconsin State Fair

The Northern Wisconsin State Fair is in full swing but a small outdoor dirt horse arena sits empty off in the back corner of the fairgrounds. It won’t be long till the grassy field that borders the arena is overtaken by trucks and aluminum horse trailers. One by one they pull in and surround the empty dirt arena that is only protected by a white wooden fence. The horses are quickly led out of the trailers and the once vacant corner of the fair is full of life. Old weathered bleachers look out over one end of the dusty arena, soon to be filled by spectators ready to watch this year’s 4-H Equestrian Show. There is an urgency in the air as the riders get suited up and prepare their horses for competition. The first event is about to kick off but it becomes quickly apparent that winning isn’t the main thought on everyone’s minds. Small groups of riders gather at each other’s trailers as they laugh and engage in conversations before the first event. Soon the riders gather atop their horses near the edge of the arena as the show is about to begin. They wait for their turn to come up to enter the arena while cheering on each other as if they are all on the same team. They give each other high fives and loudly congratulate each rider once they cross the timers at the finish line. The real trophies won here this weekend are the memories they will all take home.


travis dewitz pines portrait suit thumb web PhotographTravis Dewitz is a remarkable photographer in the Chippewa Valley. He is well known for photographing local sceneries, landmarks, venues, buildings and people in various and ingenious ways. Though you may not know him personally, his work provides a unique foundation of our local community and his photographs are unmistakable. Dewitz’s pictures are an impressive feat and preserve a moment; long after our travels are over, and our memories faded, photos are what remind us of the adventures we had and the connections to the people we met. Learn More About Him Here | Buy His Book Here

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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.