In the creative aspect of his work, Dan Isaac Wallin has a love of Polaroid. He prefers to work with a simple SX-70 or 4x5" large format camera, using long expired Polaroid film. Wallin gently and carefully treats and mistreats the Polaroid film while it is developing, until he gets the soft ‘other-world’ look, that is the signature style of his work.
His series mainly show outdoor motifs from the Swedish countryside. The colours and expressions change with the seasons, and behind these beautiful images there rests a serious, calm and poetic sensitivity. Wallin presents journeys from the places of childhood. His memories become dreamlike sequences; from the blue of Bohuslän to the black and white of Israel. Mystery cuts through the nostalgic imagery and awakens questions within the viewer.
Wallin has been a photographer for 16 years and was educated at Biskops-Arnö in Sweden. His workprocess is slow and painstaking. He often uses large format cameras, even with his freelance projects. He is enthusiastic about alternative printing processes like Gum Bichromate, cyanotype and salt prints, for which he also offers courses. Wallin has done numerous group and solo exhibitions, most recently at the Eduart Planting Fine Art Photography in the Netherlands and Dalsland Museum of Art. He has also received scholarships for his photographic work.
- Kerstin Parker