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Thursday, November 21, 2013

St. Louis Photographer "Disturbs Reality" of Midwest in These Incredible Photos

Posted By on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Toward Profusion -- Shaw Nature Reserve, Gray Summit - ELLEN JANTZEN
  • Ellen Jantzen
  • Toward Profusion -- Shaw Nature Reserve, Gray Summit

Some people go to nature and take photos of trees and lakes. Ellen Jantzen does, too -- but then she digitally reconstructs them to make something nobody has seen before.

In an exhibition on display at the Bruno David Gallery until November 30, Jantzen uses photos she took of nature around Missouri and rural Illinois and uses them as the backdrop for more complex visual layers.

Jantzen aims to make a point about the impermanence of nature and reality through layering natural imagery with technology -- but that point is also impermanent, because viewers are encouraged to make their own narrative.

"By obscuring a portion of the image through a veil, I strive to heighten the remaining reality through discovery and reflection," Jantzen says.

click to enlarge A Resonant Chill -- frozen flooded field in rural southern Illinois. - ELLEN JANTZEN
  • Ellen Jantzen
  • A Resonant Chill -- frozen flooded field in rural southern Illinois.

Jantzen is from St. Louis but had been living in Los Angeles for twenty years, working in fashion and commercial arts, including a stint as the senior production designer for the Barbie line at Mattel. In 2003 she started doing digital manipulation photography.

Four years ago Jantzen and her husband moved back to St. Louis to help take care of their aging parents. Since she's been back, Jantzen has traveled to nearby locations to take photos and then digitally reconstruct them into the surreal images now on display.

Continuing Onward, Hazlet State Park in Southern Illinois. - ELLEN JANTZEN
  • Ellen Jantzen
  • Continuing Onward, Hazlet State Park in Southern Illinois.

See more of Ellen Jantzen's photos on the next page.

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