All images © Michał Karcz
In photographer Michał Karcz‘s ‘Parallel World’, the New York city skyline becomes a desolate natural terrain; singular figures enter post-apocalyptic landscapes; and giant serpents snake through vast, abandoned settings. These digital compositions are seemingly pulled from the pages of a fictional novel, where the world meets a gloomy fate and few are left to witness its bleak survival. each of the images that form part of the collection are generated through the seamless integration of painting and photography. Through using digital tools and software, karcz is able to produce an endless number of unique faux-realities that are impossible to create in an ordinary dark room.
The images take the viewer on a journey to places which don’t exist — landscapes from Karcz’s dreams, desires, imaginations and fears. In regard to the sensory experiences that inform his creative process, the warsaw-based artist says: ‘my inspiration comes from many artists and it doesn’t matter if they get through to me by the sense of vision or hearing. I can tell that music has the biggest impact on my work: music creates sound illustrations to the pictures I carry in my mind. these two things hit me with the strongest intensity.’