Places of Departure: Photos by Ellen Jantzen
Conceptual photos that questions what happens when a loved one dies. These digitally-enhanced images have an ethereal and spiritual quality that attempts to answer those lingering questions. The series began when Ellen lost both her parents and her struggle to understand where life goes after death.
I was working on my series, Disturbing The Spirits when my father suddenly died. Place of Departure is the work I have done since.... I feel that my life has fundamentally changed; but sometimes all seems the same. Where did my father go? What does a life mean after it leaves it's body? Does the life-force rise and connect the terrestrial with the celestial or does it evaporate into thin air? These are the questions I am grappling with as I begin my new series; hopefully I will find my way to an understanding. 6 months later my mother passed away also. The space between my father's death and my mother's was filled with this work.