Ellen Jantzen was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri. Her early college years were spent obtaining a degree in graphic arts; later focusing on fine art. She doesn’t consider herself a “photographer” but rather an image-maker, as she creates work that bridges the world of photography, prints, and collage. As digital cameras began producing excellent resolution, Ellen found her perfect medium. It was a true confluence of technical advancements and creative desire that culminated in her current explorations in the photographic arts, using both a camera to capture imagery, and a computer to alter, combine, and manipulate the pieces.
Ellen’s work is shown and published internationally, she was awarded “Special Photographer of The Year” in the 2017 International Photography Awards, and was the winner of the 2017 International Photography Awards in the Digitally Enhanced Category.
Unexpected Geology #1
Unexpected Geology #8a
Unexpected Geology #18
In this series I am exploring the realm of one’s environmental surroundings, how that is absorbed into one’s psyche and how this changes through relocations.
My move from the relatively flat Midwest (my place of birth) to the mountainous West (New Mexico, specifically) needed some adjustments in my way of working and seeing. Initially I was stymied by this landscape that is so fraught with cliché. But, I soon found myself aspiring to bring my new home into focus, to make it my own.
I stand back and take it all in. I have always been intrigued with mountains, their formation, evolution and beauty. I find the history of geology fascinating, the ebb and flow of minerals, deposits and formations. I am intrigued with how small rocks and stones are, essentially, mountains except for size. They are made of the same materials and minerals. Ratio, proportion, relative size, all plays a part in the magnitude of the structures. There is an aesthetic magic of scale.
I approach this work as both a window through which I observe my new surrounds (recording what I see) and a mirror where I bring my sensibilities to bear, reflecting my inner state of being. I use layering and blending modes to merge the observed environment with my internal intuition. At times I digitally place stones in my photographs of mountainous landscapes while obscuring the scale references. Other times I distort and raise the landforms in a digital dance of perception.
Unexpected Geology, Ancient Voices #1
Unexpected Geology #4
Unexpected Geology #25
Unexpected Geology #23
Unexpected Geology, Ancient Voices #3
Unexpected Geology #9
Unexpected Geology #11b
Unexpected Geology #17
Unexpected Geology #19
Unexpected Geology, Ancient Voices #7
Unexpected Geology #7
Unexpected Geology #22
Unexpected Geology #2
Unexpected Geology #24
To view more of Ellen Jantzen’s work please visit her website.