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Surreal and melancholic scenes inspired by our inner world

6 years ago

Gabriel Isak was born in Huskvarna, Sweden. His imagery entails surreal and melancholic scenes inspired by the inner world of dreams and psychology, where he invites the viewer to interact with the internal world of solitary figures that symbolize our own unconscious states. Gabriel is currently residing in New York. 

We featured a selection of Gabriel's work on the @worldphotoorg feed. 


Hi Gabriel. Please introduce your self and your photography to our audience 

I am Gabriel Isak and grew up in Sweden. I began taking pictures at a young age and picked it up again in the middle of 2014. From there on, it has slowly evolved into a medium that I use to document the internal and external world we live in.

Tell us about the series of images we featured. Do you have a favourite, and why? 

The images we featured depicts a surreal world that is rich in ideas and emotions, depicting the internal psychological states of the subjects. My favorite image we featured is 'Illumination in the Dark', which is part of 'The Blue Journey' series, which explores a melancholic world of soul-searching and dream interpretation, spun from a web of psychological states, which is filled with stimulating knowledge and energy of the self. 


Why photography? What does the medium mean to you? 

I have always observed the world around me and seen it from an imaginary perspective. Photography allows me to create the worlds as I see them and share it with my audience. Through the medium, I have discovered a lot about my self and the unconscious mind and continue to explore new journeys as I go on.


Do you have a photographic philosophy? 

I use photography as a metaphor for experiences of the soul where I want the viewer to interact with the subjects and their internal world that are portrayed in my imagery, which in turn will allow the spectator to reflect on their own journey.

What inspires you?

I find a lot of inspiration from my own life, the serene Scandinavian landscape, dreams, the psychological world, cinema and paintings.