My name is Gabriel Isak. Over the past year, I have been working on a collection of images in which I wanted to depict the internal world of solitary people who symbolize our own unconscious states. The work is inspired by the years I went through depression, where I wanted to reflect human experiences that would allow the viewer to reflect on their own journey.
In 2014, when I had come out on the other side of the depression and was pursuing a BFA degree in Photography in San Francisco, I picked up the medium again and began to unconsciously explore themes of depression in my work. Everything I created reflected on the years I was living with depression, inspired by psychology, surrealism, and the Scandinavian landscapes that I grew up around.
From there on it has been a medium I use to document our internal world focusing on themes inspired by psychology, surrealism and our unconscious mind.
My work is very personal to me, and has been a sort of therapy to combat my own emotions and experiences I’ve had over the years, yet I try to make it as anonymous as possible in order for it to speak to each spectator that will view it, so they can reflect back on their own journey in life through interacting with the internal world of the figures shown in my work.
I want my work to shine light on mental health and the darker and lonelier side of the world that we otherwise never talk about. My work has been shown in galleries around the world and I hope to keep exhibiting it to the public in galleries and museum places in the future and turn it into a book in the nearest future.
About the author: Gabriel Isak is a photographer based in Sweden. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of Isak’s work on his website, Facebook, Behance, and Instagram.