Secret Lives: Surreal Food Photography by Maciek Jasik
Maciek Jasik is a polish born photographer who currently resides in New York. Maciek graduated in 2000, from John Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Since then, Maciek has exhibited extensively in New York, including a solo exhibition in 2012 called “ Bypassing the Rational”, as well as being featured in publications that include The New York Times, GQ, Variety to name a few.
Macieks work is vibrant and surreal to say the least. When viewing his current collection, named “The Secret Lives of Fruits and Vegetables’, one will notice the vibrant smoke that seems to be seeping from cracks or holes in the fruit. The main purpose of the collection is to reintroduce people to the qualities that these fruits once had within civilizations, and that have been long forgotten. Maciek talks of the ways in which these fruits over time have been separated from people and their origins lost, and the way in which people only know these fruits as foods and for their flavours and textures. In the past, these fruits where symbols for certain things, had mystic meanings, close links with mythology as well as strong connections to culture and the afterlife.
Macieks aim is to remind the viewer of these connections, through the use of coloured mist that slowly flows from the fruit in a surreal and eerie manner. The bright and colourful smoke almost looks like it could be liquid by the way that it flows so freely from the punctures and cracks that are present in the fruit, and in other images the smoke looks like it could be exploding from the fruit. The smoke compliments the colour of the fruit and adds vibrancy to the image and there is a balance achieved between the aesthetics of the image, the emotions created by the image in the onlooker, and the more hidden and mysterious concerns of the image.
Maciek Jasik has reinvented the still life for the modern day. Never has fruit been photographed in such a way and his attempt at reconnecting the viewer to the mystical properties of fruits and vegetables is achieved through the use of such techniques. The smoke helps to remind us of this reconnection and at the same time creates a vibrant and dynamic image that keeps the viewer entertained, it engages them with the image and when viewing, it is hard to take your eyes from it.
The vibrant smoke creates a ghost like feel to the fruit and vegetables, that when photographed on their own, would be quite mundane. It leads you from the punctured fruit and around the rest of the image, whilst making the viewer wonder what exactly is happening as well as questioning why this was done in the first place and what the photographers motive and reasoning was.