Maciek Jasik was born in Gdansk, Poland, and immigrated to the US six years later with his parents. His work is primarily focused on society’s relationship with nature and questions of identity, representation and the self. He employs color within in-camera techniques to reinvent faces, bodies and landscapes. He had his first solo show in 2012 at the Dan Cooney gallery and has produced content for The New York Times, GQ, The New Yorker, Adidas, IDEO, among others. He lives in NYC.
The work includes nudes and landscapes I’ve done recently, both in New York and overseas in places like Portugal. I challenge myself to find new ways of including color into my images, always in-camera of course. Sometimes I use a number of lights, sometimes it’s just myself and bits of plastic. There are many paths to the image and I try to enjoy every single one.
When producing and looking at photography, the fear is that you end up copying what excites you. I’m actually most inspired by painting. It’s an older medium that’s taken more risks and doesn’t feel constrained to represent reality as it appears. It can focus on how it makes us feel.
My parents do enjoy my work. They are more drawn to projects like ‘The Secret Lives of Fruits and Vegetables’ rather than my darker work like ‘Deeply-Ordered Chaos.’
I began taking photos while living in Japan. I wanted to document all the differences and peculiarities that I began to see, from the landscapes to details on the street. From there, I just kept exploring and getting deeper into photography.
I’m usually working on several projects at once, as well as editorial and commercial work. The newest project is called ‘The World With Us’ and is a series of landscapes with the human figure transposed into the frame, all done in-camera. So far I’ve shot in Utah and Iceland.
Social media is a tool like any other. So it’s benefited me by exposing my work to a larger audience, including photo editors and art directors. I’ve also discovered so much great work and built relationships with wonderful artists. But it also affects you negatively, by hooking you on likes and comments that really don’t mean anything. It’s important to keep a distance.