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L.A. Photo Curator: Global Photography Awards - 'Where Photography & Philanthropy Meet'
FIRST PLACE- Ellen Jantzen
L.A. Photo Curator: Global Photography Awards - 'Where Photography & Philanthropy Meet' FIRST PLACE- Ellen Jantzen
LET THE OTHERS FOLLOW by Ellen Jantzen
FIRST PLACE

Review by curator Jody Miller, "This beautiful image embodies the idea of a place of solace and beckons the viewer inside the image, with its central "tunnel" of light and soft deep color. It's exquisitely crafted and satisfies the seeker in so many ways. Thanks to Ellen for her lovely work.
 
Miller asks, "How did you begin making these transformed landscapes?"
 
Ellen Jantzen says, "I began making my transformed landscapes after moving from Southern California to St. Louis Mo. There is a verdant richness to the landscapes in the Midwest that drew me in. Also the seasonal changes inspired me to document areas over and over throughout the year.

I began this type of transformation (blurring a portion of the image) in order to convey my "feelings" about the state of nature, the nature of trees, and how to express their connection to past, present and future. By obscuring a portion of the image through a veil, I hoped to heighten the remaining reality through discovery and reflection.

Also, specifically addressing ‘Let the Others Follow”, I was metaphorically addressing solace. Where do the stepslead? Who are the followers?"

Miller asks, "What was your initial inspiration for them?"

Jantzen says, "I have always loved trees. Trees teach us about belonging; they remind us that life doesn't need permission to prevail. Trees are sanctuaries. They are seen as powerful symbols of growth,decay and resurrection.

Trees have played a prominent role in many folktales and legends and have been given deep and sacred meanings.

But, a tree's longevity can lull usinto a false sense of immortality. It is this very impermanence that I long to understand through my photographic explorations. There is an ineffable natural beauty too great to be expressed or described in words."

Additional review by curator Susan Spiritus: "I am in complete agreement with Jody Miller regarding her comments and review of Ellen Jantzen’s photograph, “Let the Others Follow”.  At the outset, I must state that my gallery represents Ellen Jantzen’s photographs, which I have long been attracted to and affiliated with., so it is only natural that would respond with positive comments.
 
Ellen’s work, like that of the old master, Jerry Uelsmann, is flawless and inviting and leaves you wondering. It draws you in and walks you through the photograph. In “Let the Others Follow” one clearly steps into and on to the path, carefully noting the uneven steps along the way. The pathway is clear - we can see the definition of all of the grasses and weeds, but as we progress along the path, our vision becomes cloudy - and the image itself becomes blurry and as we approach the end of the pathway - that which we can see, it continues but we know not where or for how much longer. 
This photograph has always been one of my personal favorites."
http://susanspiritusgallery.com/

Additional review by curator Peter Bennett:
"Exquisite was the word that instantly popped into my head when I first saw
'Let the Others Follow' by Ellen Jantzen. It is a joy indeed when a photographer can both evoke a feeling, in this case Solace, and invite. I will spend the rest of the day wishing I could wander off into this lush
forest to enjoy its quiet and beautiful greenness."
www.citizenoftheplanet.com 

Additional review by Wendi Schneider:
"
Ellen’s beautifully finessed photograph invites you into a mystical, verdant universe of serenity. A luminous light lures the viewer to explore another world, beyond the trees that seem to reach to the heavens."
www.wendischneider.com

Additional review by Steve Zmak:
"I’m thrilled to see the cliche vertical motion blur applied in a new and interesting way by combining it with an f/64-sharp landscape, rather than just have it stand alone as a 1-note technique. The combination of focused image with blurred image creates an original composition that is more illustrated fantasy than literal nature. Very clever."
www.SteveZmak.com

Additional review by Fran Forman:
"Over the years, Ellen has developed a beautiful style of landscape photography, encouraging the viewer to stop, look and take a deep breath. Her images portray the serenity in the natural world, so often ignored and overlooked by the commotion and fragmentation of our lives."

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Ellen Jantzen says, "Trees teach us about belonging; they remind us that life doesn't need permission to prevail. Trees are sanctuaries; they provide solace. If we listen closely, we can learn the ancient law of life. They are seen as powerful symbols of growth, decay and resurrection.
They have played a prominent role in many folktales and legends and have been given deep and sacred meanings.

But, a tree's longevity can lull us into a false sense of immortality. It is this very impermanence that I long to understand through my photographic explorations. There is an ineffable natural beauty.... too great to be expressed or described in words

In this series I am using imagery to convey my "feelings" about the state of nature, the nature of trees, and how to express their connection to past, present and future. By obscuring a portion of the image through a veil, I strive to heighten the remaining reality through discovery and reflection. 

I don’t consider myself a "photographer" but an image-maker, as I create work that bridges the world of photography, prints and collage. As digital cameras began producing excellent resolution, I found my perfect medium. It was a true confluence of technical advancements and creative desire that culminated in my current explorations in photo-inspired art using both a camera to capture imagery and a computer to alter, combine and manipulate the pieces.

My work is shown and published internationally."

Recent Awards

2018
FINALIST in One Eyeland's "Top 10 Landscape Photographers 2018"

HONORABLE MENTION in the Digitally Enhanced category of the International Photo Awards for my series "Unexpected Geology"

BEST SERIES - L.A. Photo Curator “Serenity”
SECOND PLACE - L.A. Photo Curator “The Pictorialist Photo”

FINE ART WINNER - Rangefinders 2018 Photography Awards
THE PHOTOGRAPHY GALA AWARDS - has chosen my work to be featured in the 5th

Biennale of Fine Art & Documentary Photography October 4-21, Barcelona Spain

GOLD WINNER in the ANNUAL TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FOTO AWARDS (Fine Art-Special Effects, Professional) for my series, more Coming Into Focus. My work was in the Winners Exhibition at ICA Gallery, Tokyo from May 12-16.

SECOND PLACE WINNER in the ANNUAL TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FOTO AWARDS (Fine Art, Professional) for my series, more Coming Into Focus

HONORABLE MENTION in the 11th Julia Margaret Cameron Award honoring women in photography.

HONORABLE MENTION PX3, Prix de la Photographie, Paris for "Unexpected Geology #1" RUNNER UP in the 11TH POLLUX AWARDS (Digital Manipulation & Collage) for my series

Coming Into Focus

11th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS - Honorable Mention in the Abstract Category for my photo, Synchronized Color and Honorable Mention in the Fine Art Category for my photo, Amplification

SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS - my photo, Barrier Relief was Commended in the Enhanced Category and will be published in the accompanying book.

2017
SPECIAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR in the International Photography Awards.
1ST PLACE WINNER in the International Photography Awards, Digitally Enhanced Category 3RD PLACE WINNER in the International Chromatic Awards, Professional Abstract Category

HONORABLE MENTIONS for two series (Alternative Process Category) 10th Annual Pollux Awards, juror Julio Hirsch-Hardy managing director of The Gala Awards

HONORABLE MENTION for one series (Fine Arts Category 10th Annual Pollux Awards, juror Julio Hirsch-Hardy managing director of The Gala Awards

RUNNER UP in the 10th Julia Margaret Cameron Award honoring women in photography. SHORT LISTED Art Gemini PhotoX Award, exhibition in London, June

2nd PLACE NYC4PA Liquid 2017 Award, juror Debra Klomp Ching NOMINEE (Fine Art Category) Fine Art Photography Awards

3rd PLACE Life-Framer open call, juror Brian Paul Clamp
NOMINEE (Abstract, Professional Category) 10th International Color Awards

FINALIST (Alternative Process Category) 9th Annual Pollux Awards, juror Julio Hirsch-Hardy managing director of The Gala Awards 

Recent Publications/Reviews

2018
DONGA SCIENCE MAGAZINE (Korea) article and interview about my work.

PF MAGAZINE (Dutch Professional Photography Magazine), Interview featuring my "Unexpected Geology" series.

MUSEE MAGAZINE, "Paranoid or Paranormal; A Brief History of Spirit Photography", October 31st issue

VICE article by Jon Feinstein "31 Photographers Capture Ghosts, Witches and Other Other Occult Phenomena"

THE HAND MAGAZINE, Issue #22 CREATIVE QUARTERLY issue 53 Runner Up

WOBNEB MAGAZINE, my photo, "Equilibrium" was chosen for their first inaugural online exhibition titled "Sense of Place".

AINT-BAD MAGAZINE, September issue featuring an interview and selection from my series "Unexpected Geology"

RANGEFINDER MAGAZINE September print edition + online gallery; 2018 Fine Art Winners Gallery

RAGAZINE MAGAZINE Photographer Spotlight, featuring my "Unexpected Geology" series, July-August Issue, Volume 14, #4

F-STOP MAGAZINE #90 Land, Sea, Air Issue (August)

MUSEE MAGAZINE, Weekend portfolio, June 24

F-STOP MAGAZINE #89 The Altered Image Issue (June)

EDGE OF HUMANITY MAGAZINE "Like A Ghost/The Forests' Roles, Depletion & The Impact on Humankind" (April)

AESTHETICA MAGAZINE feature on my "Unexpected Geology" series. (April)
UNUM MAGAZINE, Feature article about my work (April)
F-STOP MAGAZINE The Beautiful Issue
FAITH IS TORMENT MAGAZINE "Coming Into Focus: Photos by Ellen Jantzen" (January) THE HAND MAGAZINE, Issue #19

2017

BETA Developments in Photography MAGAZINE, 24 page spread with my photo “To Have and Have Not” as the cover image

SANTA FE ARTS JOURNAL, November 17th issue "In The Studio with Ellen Jantzen" MUSEE MAGAZINE, Weekend portfolio, November 10th
THE HAND MAGAZINE, Issue #17, July. Featuring work from Mudras Exhibition.
F-STOP MAGAZINE, Issue #83 dedicated to color photography. Interview by Cary Benbow

GUP MAGAZINE (Guide to Unique Photography) published a portfolio of my work from "Coming Into Focus" - March 28

YALE UNIVERSITY RADIO, Half hour interview about my work with Brainard Carey online at: http://museumofnonvisibleart.com/interviews/ellen-jantzen/

UNDEREXPOSED MAGAZINE, Dedicated to women photographers. Interview, March 11th THE INTERNATIONAL 

PHOTOGRAPHY ANNUAL, 5, Manifest Gallery's award-winning juried publication of contemporary photography and photo-based works of art 
 

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