I am very happy and excited that Ellen Jantzen joined the amazing line up of outstanding photographers on Two Way Lens - Interviews with contemporary photographers.
Ellen Jantzen is a photographer and artist from St.Lois, Missouri and Los Angeles. Her work is included in many private and public collections and has been exhibited internationally. 2011 was just her year, she has won numerous awards, her work has been reviewed by international photography, art and design magazines and she got represented by a contemporary art gallery.
Ellen Jantzen's work is outstanding and unique. She combines two art forms, photography and digital art and creates images full of mystery and beauty.
Her most recent series is called Losing Reality; Reality of Loss
This is what Ellen writes about this series:
How does one experience loss? What does loss look like?
Catastrophic losses usually have a face; think war photos, photos from the World Trade Center, crashes of various sorts but I am interested in personal loss.
I have always been interested in alternate states of reality, the meaning of dreams, what becomes of our spirits after death (and before birth). We all deal with "loss" in some form, loss of friends, home, youth, and the ultimate loss, loss of life. Death transforms us; reality shifts, but to what?
I am intrigued with how a person adapts to losses in their lives; how they are absorbed by events and changed; how they experience loss. Do dreams influence the experience of loss? Are dreams real? I set about to address these issues through a photographic photosynthesis in this body of work; choosing photography as the medium to help me reveal reality while at the same time transform that reality to reflect loss.
In these images, I have placed my husband, Michael in various environments where a loss of some sort has recently occurred. Some of the losses were very specific and personal and some were of a general, universal nature reflected in an inner state of anguish and eventual acceptance.
More of Ellen's work can be found on her website
The interview with Two Way Lens can be found here.
Inheritance, from the series Losing Reality; Reality of Loss
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