Shining a Light on Mental Health: Selves, Shadows and Entities by Gabriel Isak

Fine art photographer Gabriel Isak is known for his surreal, haunting imagery inspired by many years of depression. In his work, he uses dreams and psychology to shine a light on mental health.

He makes photography a metaphor for experiences of the soul by creating scenes that are simple in form, but rich in ideas and emotions. Gabriel invites the viewer to interact with the internal world of solitary figures that symbolise our own unconscious states. The objective is to reflect human experiences that will allow the spectator to reflect on their own journey.

Two fascinating projects are “Entities” and “The Shadow and the Self”.

Entities is a series about exploring different personas, observing and discovering one’s surrounding, internal and external. The Shadow and the Self is based on a quote by Carl Jung: “To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light. Once one has experienced a few times what it is like to stand judgingly between the opposites, one begins to understand what is meant by the self. Anyone who perceives his shadow and his light simultaneously sees himself from two sides and thus gets in the middle.”

Gabriel was born in Huskvarna, Sweden and currently lives in Stockholm. He travels all around the world for commissioned and personal projects.

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