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The Art of Whimsical Decaywith Karen Jerzyk
Karen is a photographer living and working in the Greater Boston area. As a self prescribed “incredibly introverted, awkward wallflower,” Karen looked for a way to express herself other than words, and found that when her parents gifted her a camera in 2003. After many years of photographing promotional shoots and stage portraits for bands, she decided to shift her focus to people, portraying them in elaborate scenes.
Karen’s signature style of photography started in 2011 as a means of coping with the sudden death of her father and has evolved into several different projects since then. Typically pairing scenes of decay with fantastical whimsy, her photos often portray what look like cinematic stills pulled from an elaborate storyline. Being quoted as using the term “future-past” when asked about the time period of the photos, Karen is always on the hunt for antiques and oddities to coincide with her elaborate set designs to create imagery that appear to be historical with a garnish of science fiction.
Karen strives to produce photos that tell a story – that connect with the viewer on a personal level. Her photos are meant to be read like a book, and looked at and thought about often. There is no “right answer” to the ultimate meaning of any one of her photos, as each viewer can read the scene differently. Karen’s goal is to evoke thought and emotion through each of her photos.
Karen’s work is now attracting worldwide attention and was recently featured on NH Chronicle and has been highlighted in magazines and websites around the world.
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