This photographer used her heartbreak to turn abandoned spaces into emotion filled fantasy worlds

Karen Jerzyk began shooting portraits in 2009, but due to a lack of funds, she was forced to get creative with her art and use the world around her.

Writing on Bored Panda, she said: “I had seen a photo of a theater in an abandoned asylum via an internet search and was immediately enamored with the image. I was obsessed with finding the location, as it was like nothing I had ever seen before.

I had no clue that places like that existed. That was the wonderful start of my marriage with “finding cool locations”.”

In 2011 her father unexpectedly passed away and she really struggled to cope with the loss, but that was when she realised what would help her find purpose again. What she needed was to connect with her art.

Jerzyk said that the death of her father was the birth of her photography career, and all of a sudden her images started displaying emotion. She used obsession with abandoned buildings and rooms was the perfect addition to her images.

She said: “They displayed stories and purpose and a sense of beautiful dismay, which was a direct mirror of how I felt on the inside. I poured all of my feelings and struggles into my work. I learned how to control how I felt and funnel it all into my ideas. I finally learned how to make the connection between imagery and emotion, and for once in my life I was satisfied and proud with what I was creating.”

The emotion of her ideas go hand in hand with the mysterious abandoned buildings as a setting.

Here are a collection of Jerzyk’s haunting images


My Closet

Since The Flood

Black Queen

Unexpected Visitor

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