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

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Ellen Jantzen
A Resonant Chill -- frozen flooded field in rural southern Illinois.
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.

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Ellen Jantzen
Continuing Onward, Hazlet State Park in 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.

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Ellen Jantzen
Encounter -- Franklin County, Missouri

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


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18 comments
Michael J Keller
Michael J Keller

These images may, indeed, disturb your sense of reality, but that's about the limit of it (which I believe was the artist's original intent). When dealing with the rapidly declining attention span of the general public, which, unfortunately for everybody involved (including any historic architecture in THIS country, which is a different show for another day!) is now so 'Next!"-minded, she did commit a huge, general artist faux pas, though, by doing the same process to all the images. One image = cool! Multiple images with the same process will, indeed (and unfortunately), bore most viewers. (Which is a statement about the Dumbing Down of most of the world, rather than the artist's problem.) Quoting the immortal Sophia Petrillo from 'The Golden Girls", "But, I digress!"

Eric R Bricker
Eric R Bricker

That has to be some of the worst picture's i have ever seen thats just horrible.

Phillip Elliott
Phillip Elliott

How is this creative? It's the EXACT same effect in every photo! Mix it up a bit, damn!

DrunkenDeutchman
DrunkenDeutchman

It's the exact same effect in every single photo! How is that creative? 

Eric Maurice Lindsey
Eric Maurice Lindsey

Photoshop, blur brush, shift/hold and swipe (or) maquette/motion blur :: Cool.

Stephen Mennemeyer
Stephen Mennemeyer

Rft is officially unliked. Boring stupid stuff all the time. Only thought their personal ads were entertaining anyway :-(

Julia Baird
Julia Baird

Not really trippy or "disturbing". They are actually kind of boring.

Josh Rawls
Josh Rawls

If you've seen one, you've seen them all.

kcdotz
kcdotz

way too photoshopped

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