The Secret Lives of Fruits and Vegetables by Maciek Jasik

Colored Smoke Frozen in Constant Motion

The Secret Lives of Fruits and Vegetables by Maciek Jasik

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Born in Poland but based in New York, photographer Maciek Jasik is known for his portraits, which can be seen everywhere from New York Magazine to Bloomberg Businessweek.  His subjects are often frozen in constant motion and clouded by a thick haze of colored smoke. However, Jasik steps back from the human form to explore the still life in his series The Secret Lives of Fruits and Vegetables. Punctured and perforated, the aforementioned fruits and vegetables spill tendrils of colored smoke from their bodies. In some, the smoke streams out as if it were a liquid; in others, it billows in voluminous clouds. The series is haunting, so it comes as no surprise when Jasik says that he hopes to “reach a balance between aesthetic, emotional, subtextual, and more mysterious concerns” through his work.

Our recent release The Still Life features the work of many young photographers who, like Jasik, are set on reinventing the classic form. Browse the book here.

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