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Meet the Polish photographer uncovering the secret life of vegetables

18 December 2017

For thousands of years, fruits and vegetables have served as powerful symbols: cultural references to life, death and rebirth. In his series, The Secret Life of Fruit and Vegetables, Polish photographer Maciek Jasik hopes to take each plant back to their mystic roots.

By inserting coloured smoke bombs deep inside the fruit itself, the Gdansk-born artist creates striking and ethereal images that explore each plant’s true, spiritual value.

“The modern world has separated us from the origins and uses of fruits and vegetables; we know them only for the flavours and textures they provide. Until only very recently, each held its own mystique, mythology, symbolism and connection to culture and afterlife,” Jasik says.

“This series aims to reintroduce these mystical, invisible qualities to fruits and vegetables that have been lost amidst the clamor of nutritional statistics.”

To see more of Jasik’s work, click here.