Dan Issac Wallin is a photographer based in Sweden. He has a very analog and simple approach to how he works, since he has a deep love for polaroid photos which is his signature style of his work.
He’s very fascinated by the silence of the nature and how you can escape from the daily stress in today's society. Out of this, comes a dreamlike calm “other world” look on his artwork with motifs from the Swedish countryside.
Conversation with Dan Isaac Wallin
Where are you from and where do you currently live?
I was born and am based in Sweden. Half dutch with most of my family in The Netherlands and Israel. Dutch mother and a Swedish father.
When did you become an artist and what was your first project?
I had my first exhibition in 1999 in Gothenburg where I live which was my first photographic project. It was documentary pictures from Egypt where I traveled a few times between 96-97. Handprinted silver gelatin prints in the darkroom. I have had many exhibitions during the years, but around 2008 I started to be more serious about it and started working with more professional galleries.
Did you study art in school, if so where?
I went to two different photography schools in Sweden and is educated as a photojournalist from the beginning. After 4,5 years of studying I got on to more alternative processes and went to a lot of workshops to learn the old ways of printing like they did some 100 years ago. There are so many different old processes that are so beautiful.
What inspires you? Any particular artists?
People that make things from their heart and really go into it with 100% for things they love inspire me a lot. It doesn’t matter what it is, if it’s photography, carpentery, painting or some other art. I’m educated as a fine carpenter as well, and woodworking people really inspire me. The photographer Sarah Moon’s work is very close to my heart.
What are some of the ideas behind your work?
I’m a person that really love to be in the nature and most of my pictures are landscapes or portraits. I capture a soft, dreamy, melancholy world that my mind often ends up in. It’s kind of a reflection of going back to my roots - the silence in the nature, far away from the daily stress in todays society. I work with analog equipment with different cameras in different formats, these last years foremost with polaroid material.