I'm photographer Karen Jerzyk, and with my trusty time machine, I have gone exactly 1,000 years into the future to document a human astronaut's return to Earth.

Unfortunately, I’m kidding.

The truth is, I bought an authentic vintage high-altitude space suit a few years ago and have traveled with it for thousands of miles around the world taking photos of different people in it (mostly women).

This series is a combination of my love for exploring and the anxiety I get from being around other people. I've felt extremely lonely the past few years, I’m constantly awkward, and I never really feel like I belong in any given situation (especially social situations).

I sometimes feel like I'm traversing this planet alone, with no one else who understands to share it with. I think at one time or another, we can all relate with The Lonely Astronaut - things in life can get bad, but there's still no denying the beauty and wonder of the world, and we need to push on and keep exploring.

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Galeanthropy2017 5 months ago

I love this one. Stunning.

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Full Name 5 months ago

I think this photo is an allegory for my life. Unfortunately I peeked around the corner so I'm well aware that I'm just staring at a facade.

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Person2638 5 months ago

I want to hug the sad little astronaut.

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Christina Fern 5 months ago

Wonderful! I adore your work!! You are fantastic

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Daria B 5 months ago (edited)

If you catch 7 of the blue ones, you'll get the Saturn Sigil ♥

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Susann Campbell 5 months ago

This looks like fun .

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Mark 5 months ago

In space, no one can hear you do the laundry!

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Susann Campbell 5 months ago

I see pictures like these from abandon houses, she just needs to take a walk and sure to find a Wall Mart that is open. LOL

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Cute Dog 5 months ago

This one is beautiful. Possibly my favourite so far.

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Full Name 5 months ago (edited)

*hug* I'll play with you!

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Olivia Matovich 5 months ago

This is reminding me of stranger things

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Mary Cantin 5 months ago

L'Astronaute au petit pois (;

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Molly Block 5 months ago

That is one ridiculous looking church. I thought it was part of a nuclear facility, and then I saw the wooden uncomfortable pews. Great photo, though, Karen!

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Susann Campbell 5 months ago

"Okay Scottie you can Beam me up now, I'm done here."

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Susann Campbell 5 months ago

Fresh flowers? She still has her helmet on.

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Susann Campbell 5 months ago

Love the furniture in this room.

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Person2638 5 months ago

That's a mood

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Enuya 5 months ago

In opposite to most of the other ones, this picture emanates with quietness and peace. Although, turning the pages must be very hard in these gloves.

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Susann Campbell 5 months ago

Route 66 .

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Night Owl 5 months ago (edited)

These drapes and wallpaper...wow. Are those from the 50s, 60s? It's amazing how much striking the colors are. Like they are almost new and the sunlight (almost) didn't bleach them at all.

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Enuya 5 months ago

Playing in front of an invisible audience...

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Full Name 5 months ago

It's the game only you know is being played.

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Enuya 5 months ago (edited)

Another one that looks suicidal. I know, he most likely just stopped in the air and was looking on something. Still, I am so sorry that he is all alone. I just want to hug him and tell him, that everything will be alright.

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Miana Heang 4 months ago

I just want to hug them. I feel really bad for them, and I can tell they are lonely. I feel like this is a metaphor for how lonely we feel at times.

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Enuya 5 months ago

Waiting for a TV program that will never start... I wonder what is he thinking of? Maybe he is trying to remember how he sat on the sofa with his own family, talking, laughing and watching films?

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Susann Campbell 5 months ago

A beautiful child's bed .

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Enuya 5 months ago

This terrifies me. It looks like suicide by hanging. What is even worse, if there would be the last person on the Earth, they'd most likely end this way. It would be more loneliness and lack of company than any people could stand. I feel so sorry for him, even though I know it is only a fictional picture.

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Kath Leen 5 months ago

"stay alive"

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Colleen Cude 5 months ago

These are amazing! Is there anyway to buy the prints?

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