American artist Ellen Jantzen has created a series of stunning images that move beyond the cliché of documenting the legendary road trip.
“Think of all of those Route 66 photos; abandoned gas stations, derelict cars at the side of the road, ordinary “folks” sipping malts through a straw at the local drugstore. American flags everywhere, a few Confederate ones in certain locales. BBQ stands with folks lined up, spilling out onto the street, old movie marquees displaying “Easy Rider”,” explains the artist of her latest work.
Her haunting photos depict the newly evolving American landscape, one dotted with wind turbines and appropriately dubbed Point & Shoot @ 70MPH as Ellen takes her images from a moving car.
“The freeways/Interstates transverse spectacular scenery, much of it void of towns and car dealerships. There are farmhouses and barns, often at quite a distance and cows, but mostly open, native America to be glimpsed between the billboards announcing the next exit’s offerings,” she explains.