Maciek Jasik, 39, puts a veil upon reality. The photographer’s coloured neons immerse us into an alternative world lit with bluish lights. A collection of beautiful portraits, carried by a postimpressionist colour palette.
Maciek Jasik started photography in 2003, when he traveled to Japan. The unique beauty of the place changed his view of the world, and he started contemplating everything with a new eye. “I kept finding interesting details wherever I was going”, he explains. “I became gradually more obsessed with the idea of finding images in my mind, and then making them“. Indeed, in his pictures, imaginary and reality overlap, transforming his portraits into singular artworks. “I use colour to reinvent realities, remake faces, reimagine bodies”, he adds. Neons shed light on his models’ faces, inviting us to discover a world we cannot seem to grasp. “We take our world for granted, and I want to shatter that”, Maciek tells us.
Uncertainty grows, when observing those mysterious portraits. Where do the lights come from, painting bluish shadows on faces like that? “I want the viewer to feel confused and unsure, I want them to feel like they are in a dream. I edit my pictures, but the majority of the effects I use are real”, Maciek tells us. He likes to delve into this tiresome task. Like a painter, he applies colourful strokes onto his models’ skins. The bright shadings stimulating our imagination. Influenced by postimpressionism, Jasik plays with the truth. He draws from the artistic movement a will to represent the world and the people living in it with wild colours. His play of light gives birth to hybrid creations, between art and photography. They put an artificiel veil on the models, and, like canvas, prompt contemplation.
© Maciek Jasik