The surreal, melancholic scenes of Gabriel Isak

About seven years ago I faced depression for the first time in my life, and around the same time I picked up the camera. Photography allowed me to escape into a different world, the one which I was creating, a place and a story that was lead by me, not that I was led by. However, after a few months of taking images and learning the fundamentals of photography I reached a point where I fell into the arms of melancholy and quit taking images. It wasn’t until I had battled melancholia and came out on the other side that I could continue doing what I was deeply passionate about – photography. ~Gabriel Isak14395_1580017468901002_3270320997183546275_nFor the past year I have been working on a series of images depicting surreal and melancholic scenes that are inspired by the inner world of dreams and psychology, where I invite the viewer to interact with the internal world of solitary figures that symbolize our own unconscious states. The images are inspired by the years I went through depression where my goal is to reflect human experiences that will allow the spectator to reflect on their own journey.905896_1723205744582173_5858041857873817131_oOne of the most important lessons I learned from going through melancholia is to not fear it, but find out what it wants from you, learn from it and see where it will bring you. Being trapped in the arms of melancholia it is easy to only see the darkness surrounding oneself, but one should never forgot to try to see the light in the mist of the depression. Nothing comes to an end, only to a new beginning.  1505381_1565762720326477_2482143630185570144_n 1554610_1670512126518202_388350118475490631_n 1979529_1745394825696598_5203840050909816368_n 10351651_1673191319583616_9147904832490557748_n 10704080_1565762663659816_2521504371036910500_n 10930141_1682467051989376_4084859165535862233_n 10984147_1678620839040664_8118482671985598646_n 11062802_1675666962669385_43580662485369005_n 11108381_1666569753579106_4487765110536738739_n 11205068_1667468003489281_4368286023281142807_n 12345485_1732572936978787_5515105647991627335_n