Karen Jerzyk Photography | About

Hi. I'm Karen. I take photos. I'm typycally around Boston and NYC, but I also quite enjoy traveling. After graduating with a BA in English from the University of New Hampshire in 2003, my parents gifted me with my first digital camera to photograph bands. I photographed thousands of bands, concentrating on both live and promotional photos (and occasionally for album covers). In 2009 I started shooting portraits of people, and ultimately decided to concentrate my focus on photographing models. My trademark of shooting elaborate scenes in abandoned buildings (when I find a location, I quite literally spends hours cleaning up and restoring it to what it may have looked like, paying attention to the smallest details such as placement of items in the room) eventually got me arrested in August 2014- I like to describe that particular event as "the best thing to ever happen to me", after national news outlets picked up the story. I currently travel the US, photographing people for various projects. 


     Despite having a BA in English, I've always had quite a hard time expressing myself externally. Verbally trying to convey my feelings has always proven to be a nightmare. If I had to explain myself in one sentence, it would read something like "An incredibly introverted, awkward wallflower". In 2011, my father passed away unexpectedly. My world during and after this event contributed to what is seen in my portfolio today. I had feelings and experiences that I would and could never build into words. I realized I had two choices: drown in my own darkness and succumb to depression or push on and fully submerge myself in telling an ongoing story of my internal struggles. I strive to produce photos that tell a story- that connect with the viewer on a personal level. I like to find locations that were abandoned before any sort of technological age, typically locations with relics left in them from 1980 and earlier (the older, the better). My 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 my photos, as each viewer can read the scene differently. My goal is for my photos to evoke thought and emotion.


Want to learn more? I divulge a bit more about specific series at these links:

Last Days Of Earth Series

Color Series

Please feel free to contact me for booking inquiries/print purchases.