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Karen Jerzyk photography. Courtesy photo.




Photography Workshop: Creating Scenes and Concepts 

Where: Karen Jerzyk’s studio, 400 Bedford St., Room 328, Manchester 
When: Saturday, Aug. 26; Friday, Sept. 8; or Sunday, Sept. 24, from 2 to 8 p.m. 
Cost: $200 
More info: karenjerzykphoto.com




Visual stories
Photo workshops focus on creating scenes, concepts

08/24/17
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 An antique wheelchair, a giant rocking horse, an old porthole television — those are the kinds of things you’ll find in Manchester photographer Karen Jerzyk’s photos. 

Using models with elaborate costumes and an eccentric array of props, and shooting largely in abandoned and dilapidated buildings, Jerzyk describes her work as “surreal, dream-like, fantastical and full of irony.” 
“I really want the photos to tell a story visually,” she said. “There’s not an ultimate concept or a right answer or a certain conclusion that people should come to. I want the viewer to come up with their own story.” 
To help other photographers create visual stories with their photos, Jerzyk has organized three upcoming day-long photography workshops focused on creating scenes and concepts. The workshops will take place at her Manchester studio, where participants will have access to Jerzyk’s diverse collection of costumes and props, as well as a model. 
Jerzyk will start the workshops by demonstrating her own process, from drafting ideas on a storyboard to choosing the costumes and arranging the props and lighting. Then, she’ll help each participant design his or her own scene and shoot it. 
“It comes pretty easy for me to think of [scenes], but I’ve realized that some people struggle with coming up with ideas, so I wanted to share my process and tools with them,” she said. “Hopefully in the future they can use [what they learned] when shooting in their own space.” 
Jerzyk started her photography work in 2003 after graduating from UNH, shooting concert photos and promotional photos for musicians. Six years later, she decided that she wanted to pursue a kind of photography that allowed her to be more creative, so she started doing portraits. It wasn’t until her father’s death in 2011, she said, that she really discovered and developed her signature style. 
“I had a lot of trouble after he passed away. … I started taking all that bottled up energy and pouring it into my photos. The more elaborate the idea, the better, because it took my mind off things,” she said. “That’s when my work started to tell a story.” 
Jerzyk said she hopes the workshops will help other photographers find what inspires them and channel that into generating original ideas for photo scenes. 
“It’s about helping them jumpstart their thought process and getting them to condition themselves to think in a certain way and be positive about their ideas, not self-defeating,” she said. “I want them to leave with images that they’re happy about, that they didn’t think they’d be able to create.”





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