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25 Parallel Worlds Created by Photoshop Master Michal Karcz

06/11/2015 07:06 pm ET | Updated Jun 11, 2016

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Born in Warsaw, Poland, artist Michal Karcz began his visual journey with a paintbrush and canvas. As a painter, he says he developed "a vision that was hard to create with other visual techniques"--a vision he eventually brought to photography and digital art when those became his medium of choice later in life.

Nowadays, Michal busies himself creating parallel realities, often devoid of people, often post-apocalyptic, always haunting on some level.

Moody and dramatic, his imagination and formidable Photoshop skills produce "unique realities" the he says represent "places from my dreams, desire, imagination, and fears."

Photograph Spiritual Archives by Karezoid Michal Karcz  on 500px

Spiritual Archives by Karezoid Michal Karcz on 500px

Wherever they come from, they are spectacular. Detailed wide-angle shots of 'parallel worlds' devoid of humanity, reclaimed by nature... or aliens... or darkness itself.

As for his inspiration, Michal writes:

I can tell that music has the biggest impact on my work. It's an inseparable element with pictures in my mind, a kind of sound illustration to a visible scenery. These two things hit me with the strongest intensity.

Scroll down to see a collection of our favorite images from his portfolio:

Photograph Under Stars by Karezoid Michal Karcz  on 500px

Under Stars by Karezoid Michal Karcz on 500px

Photograph Purified With Fire by Karezoid Michal Karcz  on 500px

Purified With Fire by Karezoid Michal Karcz on 500px

Photograph Ultime Thule Origins by Karezoid Michal Karcz  on 500px

Ultime Thule Origins by Karezoid Michal Karcz on 500px

Photograph The Dark Tower by Karezoid Michal Karcz  on 500px

The Dark Tower by Karezoid Michal Karcz on 500px

Photograph 2146 by Karezoid Michal Karcz  on 500px

2146 by Karezoid Michal Karcz on 500px

Photograph Core by Karezoid Michal Karcz  on 500px

Core by Karezoid Michal Karcz on 500px

Photograph Last Outpost by Karezoid Michal Karcz  on 500px

Last Outpost by Karezoid Michal Karcz on 500px

Photograph Monuments of Deceit by Karezoid Michal Karcz  on 500px

Monuments of Deceit by Karezoid Michal Karcz on 500px

Photograph Star Dreams by Karezoid Michal Karcz  on 500px

Star Dreams by Karezoid Michal Karcz on 500px

Photograph Moria by Karezoid Michal Karcz  on 500px

Moria by Karezoid Michal Karcz on 500px

Photograph Permafrost by Karezoid Michal Karcz  on 500px

Permafrost by Karezoid Michal Karcz on 500px

Photograph Landmass by Karezoid Michal Karcz  on 500px

Landmass by Karezoid Michal Karcz on 500px

Photograph The Ancient by Karezoid Michal Karcz  on 500px

The Ancient by Karezoid Michal Karcz on 500px

Photograph The Road by Karezoid Michal Karcz  on 500px

The Road by Karezoid Michal Karcz on 500px

Photograph Middle Earth Passage by Karezoid Michal Karcz  on 500px

Middle Earth Passage by Karezoid Michal Karcz on 500px

Photograph Possible Planet by Karezoid Michal Karcz  on 500px

Possible Planet by Karezoid Michal Karcz on 500px

Photograph Hyperportal by Karezoid Michal Karcz  on 500px

Hyperportal by Karezoid Michal Karcz on 500px

Photograph Irdial by Karezoid Michal Karcz  on 500px

Irdial by Karezoid Michal Karcz on 500px

Photograph LV 437 by Karezoid Michal Karcz  on 500px

LV 437 by Karezoid Michal Karcz on 500px

Photograph Creation Du Monde by Karezoid Michal Karcz  on 500px

Creation Du Monde by Karezoid Michal Karcz on 500px

Photograph A Place to Call Home by Karezoid Michal Karcz  on 500px

A Place to Call Home by Karezoid Michal Karcz on 500px

Photograph The Dark Companion v2 by Karezoid Michal Karcz  on 500px

The Dark Companion v2 by Karezoid Michal Karcz on 500px

Photograph Years by Karezoid Michal Karcz  on 500px

Years by Karezoid Michal Karcz on 500px

Photograph When The Earth Is Far Away by Karezoid Michal Karcz  on 500px

When The Earth Is Far Away by Karezoid Michal Karcz on 500px

To see more from Michal, be sure to follow him on 500px, check him out on Facebook, or show him some love on DeviantArt.

This article was originally published on the 500px ISO blog.