These Outlandish Photographs Captured In Abandoned Buildings Are Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Seen Before!
Photographer Karen Jerzyk is a self-described “incredibly introverted, awkward wallflower” who’s always had a hard time expressing herself. Until she discovered photography.
Karen is known for her signature photographs that feature elaborate scenes in abandoned buildings like dilapidated hospitals, creepy asylums, and deserted homes.
It all began in 2009 when she decided to focus on photographing models. A financially strapped Karen, who couldn’t afford a studio, found herself looking for possible shooting locations online.
“Up until that point, I had no clue that abandoned places could look that amazing.”
She came across a picture of a deserted theatre in Connecticut and tracked it down. There was no looking back.
When her father passed away unexpectedly in 2011, all the feelings she could never put into words began finding their way into her haunting photographs.
“I try to make the photos beautiful, but I also try to make them have a heavy feeling. I always like to have a dominant character and someone that’s being taken over by them.”
Karen strives to produce photos that tell a story and that connect with the viewer on a personal level. When a lot of her pictures feature extravagant costumes and makeup, she sometimes uses nudity to emphasize feelings of rawness and desolation. Her goal is for her photos to evoke thought and emotion.
Today she travels for miles looking for abandoned properties to transform into settings for her spectacular photos. When she does find one, she spends hours cleaning up and restoring it to what it may have looked like, paying attention to the smallest details such as placement of items in the room.
It did get her arrested for trespassing in August 2014, so a now wiser Karen makes sure she takes permissions whenever she can.
Does she ever get creeped out by the places she chooses to shoot in? Sometimes.
“There’s definitely some weird vibes when you go to certain places. The places that really freak me out are the houses where the beds are made and everything is pristine and they just up and left”, she says.
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