Photographing abandoned spaces have become very popular in recent years.
For photographer Karen Jurzyca, however, to find such premises is only the first step to start his work. He turns every photo into what he describes as a “dark fairy tale”.
Jerzyk began shooting portraits in 2009 after years of music lessons and concert photography. With no means to create his own Studio and work in a special room, Jerzyk decided to get creative and use spooky, abandoned places, like the incredible backgrounds for his works.
“I saw a photo of an abandoned theater using an Internet search, and was immediately fascinated by the images. I was obsessed with finding places where it would be possible to make similar pictures. I had no idea that such places exist. It was a great start to my new creative journey “In search of a cool place”. But, I must admit that something was missing. Visually, my pictures were fine. Not too terrible, but I was never really proud and satisfied. It seemed to me that something is missing.”
“In 2011, died suddenly, my father. All life was for me a painful ordeal. Heartbreaking condition. I was extremely close to him (I’m an only child) and I struggled badly to cope with what happened. For many years, I fought”
“The fact that my father’s death coincided with the birth of my photography career. Suddenly my photos began to display emotions. They showed the history and the sense of beauty of the horror that was a direct mirror of what I experienced inside. I invested all my feelings in my work. I learned to control my feelings and my ideas. I finally learned how to do figurative and emotional, and for the first time in my life I was happy and proud that I created”.
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