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
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2 years ago

I love this one. Stunning.

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2 years 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
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2 years ago

I want to hug the sad little astronaut.

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Christina Fern
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2 years ago

Wonderful! I adore your work!! You are fantastic

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2 years ago

Floating around the room trying to catch the butterflies, but they can outmaneuver you so you can't never actually get one. You can only get frustratingly close.

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Naomi George
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2 years ago

when your a ballerina but also an astronaut

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Susann Campbell
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2 years ago

All the white sock that went missing are now back, go figure.

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Susann Campbell
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

This one is beautiful. Possibly my favourite so far.

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2 years ago (edited)

*hug* I'll play with you!

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Olivia Matovich
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2 years ago

This is reminding me of stranger things

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Mary Cantin
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2 years ago

L'Astronaute au petit pois (;

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Molly Block
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2 years 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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Major Houlihan Bear
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2 years ago

Supercreepy! Hello! Norman Bates? R ya home buddy?

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gabiru
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2 years ago

Fresh flowers!

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Major Houlihan Bear
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2 years ago

Yup. They shot Kennedy when you were orbiting saturn.

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Person2638
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2 years ago

That's a mood

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Susann Campbell
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2 years ago

Love this furniture too. I had this color of turquoise on my bedroom wall when I was seventeen.

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Susann Campbell
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2 years ago

Route 66 .

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Night Owl
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

Playing in front of an invisible audience...

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Major Houlihan Bear
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2 years ago

Check Mate!

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Enuya
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2 years 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
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2 years 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
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2 years 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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Enuya
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2 years ago

I wonder if it may be his old bedroom. It looks so surreal - even the flowers are still in the vases...

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Enuya
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

"stay alive"

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Paul K. Johnson
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2 years ago

Umm... you're back on Earth... you can take of the suit and at least the helmet... except when the giant flies are around. You should probably wear two or three suits and two or three helmets when they are.

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