I started shooting portraits in 2009, after having spent years dedicating my time to strictly photographing music-related "stuff" (concerts, album covers, band promos, etc). I was a poor artist with no direction and certainly no money for a studio.

Luckily, my lack of funds forced me to get creative and to use the world around me. 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 this abandoned place, 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". But, admittedly, something was missing. Visually, my creative ideas were ok. Not TOO terrible, but I was never truly proud or satisfied with them. To me, it just seemed like something wasn't clicking.

In 2011, my father passed away unexpectedly. The whole experience was gut-wrenching. Heartbreaking. I was extremely close to him (I was an only child) and I struggled tremendously to cope with what had happened. For years, I struggled. I hit some scary, scary lows. I remember thinking "Why go on when every day is just as miserable as the next?" People kept pushing therapy on me.

"You need help."

"You need therapy."

"You need medication."

But what I REALLY needed was to connect with my photography art. And I did.

The bittersweet thing is, the death of my father was the birth of my photography career. Suddenly, my creepy photos displayed emotion. 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 fantasy worlds. 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 of what I was creating.

More info: karenjerzykphoto.com

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Rails

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dora sim
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4 years ago

Romantically morbid in the best way!

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They All Left

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dora sim
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4 years ago

I absolutely love this one. It has so many possible interpretations. Really made me stop and think.

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My Closet

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Harvey Tydeman
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4 years ago

no child, there's no monsters in your closet

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Unexpected Visitor

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Shelly Exel-Miles
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4 years ago

Love this, not sure which one is unexpected, maybe neither.

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Since The Flood

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Harvey Tydeman
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4 years ago

treehugger

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Black Queen

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Yvonne Bernal
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4 years ago

Looks like she could be Jack Skellington's mother

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The Crown

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Prashant Karnath
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4 years ago

WTF!!

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Waking Nightmare

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Tammy Chapman
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4 years ago

Oh WOW....not sure what to say on this one. It would scare me to wake up and see that. But it looks really cool too

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The Farmer's Daughter

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Jhoa
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4 years ago

Most of the people don't look as though they...fit.

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Sailing Ships

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Laurie Miller
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4 years ago

Where is this? I swear I've been in this room!

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The White Queen

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Aegea
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4 years ago

She looks like a wight from Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children!

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Nautilus

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4 years ago

that staircase is creepily claustrophobic...

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Ferngully

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Tammy Chapman
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4 years ago

Tarzan

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The White Witch

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Jazlyn J.
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4 years ago

Is she laying down or standing up??

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Mothership

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Natasha L
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4 years ago

Wow. That dress.

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World's Biggest Harp

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CandyCorn
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4 years ago

The background is actually quite beautiful. Imagine people way in the future finding these, and putting them in museums?

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The Book Oracles

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Imagine Me
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4 years ago

I find this eerily beautiful

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Abduction

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Rodrigo de la Rosa
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4 years ago

pretty cool!!!!

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Bloodclot

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NWB
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4 years ago

I almost didn't notice the person as the image is so visually interesting it almost doesn't need a person in it. But I do love old bulidngs....

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Them

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Magpie
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4 years ago

My grandmother's sewing machine. ...* wanders off into times past, back later*

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Transcending

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Tammy Chapman
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4 years ago

Freaky...

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Out Of Body

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The Butterfly Effect

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Little letitia
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4 years ago

Love the perception play on this one!

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The Littlest Dinosaur

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February

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Magpie
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4 years ago

So lonely, so much pain

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Amniotic

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Jade Scott
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4 years ago

I love this..

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The Wish

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Tammy Chapman
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4 years ago

Way freaky.

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Home

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Magpie
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4 years ago

Despair, grief.

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Swarm

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Sas
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4 years ago

Love the shadow and light here!

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Nature Vs Nurture

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Claire Kidd
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4 years ago

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Yep, you can take your clothes off, we get it.

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Lucid Dream

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Tammy Chapman
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4 years ago

The title fits so well. I love this.

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Sunday Afternoon

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CandyCorn
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4 years ago

These rooms are so creepy and tell a beautiful story!

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Waking Life

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Claire Kidd
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4 years ago

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Clearly likes "sharing" herself with lots of people...

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Yellow

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Slipping

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Magpie
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4 years ago

Pain , out of control , loney. grief

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The Begotten

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Claire Kidd
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4 years ago

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Women are too eager to take their clothes off for the slightest reasons... Have some dignity.

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Television

Television

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