Photographer Karen Jerzyk sees abandoned spaces as the ideal locales for her dark fairy tale images. Complete with peeling wallpaper, dusty stairwells, and water-stained ceilings, the forgotten settings act as supporting characters in haunting stories that reveal the deepest depths of the soul—and it’s not all pretty. The vignette-style photographs look like moments frozen in time, but they aren’t the type you’d want to remember. Instead, these fantastical images will make you wake up in a cold sweat.
Photographer Karen Jerzyk discovers abandoned spaces and uses them to illuminate her fantastical dark photography.
The peeling paint, sunken walls, and dusty debris become their own character alongside the humans.
The turning point for Jerzyk’s dark fairy tales came after her father’s unexpected death.
“They [the photos] displayed stories and purpose and a sense of beautiful dismay, which was a direct mirror of how I felt on the inside. I poured all of my feelings and struggles into my work.”