Whether it’s for personal work or commissioned work, I select and rate the different photos that I think are the best fit in Lightroom, and then I open them in Photoshop and start to put it together to see roughly what it looks like. Johansson: Yes, every tree and sky. I can’t really say that I’ve decided what I want my style to look like. In contrast to traditional photography he doesn’t capture moments, he captures ideas with the help of his camera and imagination. Besides Photoshop CS6, I use [Adobe] Lightroom 4 for selecting the different photos. I mixed those two together; I looked at that and thought maybe a landscape could be like paper. The foreground is one picture, and the background is another. Featured, Photography, Sweden "My name is Erik Johansson, I was born in 1985 outside a small town called Götene in the middle of Sweden. To become good requires a lot of patience and practice and there are no shortcuts. I get more inspiration from painters rather than photographers . This camera was something completely different from the simple point and shoot cameras I had tried up until this point. Born in the small town of Götene, Sweden in 1985, Erik Johansson seemed to have been born with the love of drawing installed within him, which was perhaps inherited from his grandmother, who was a painter. At first for some advertisement agencies in the town but by having my work published online I also stared to get international requests. As I always shoot everything myself I have to chose the ones I’m actually able to find locations for. The first part is planning. Because of his history with drawing and the finite nature of photography, he began to feel strange to essentially be finished with the work once the shutter snapped shut. “Mind Your Step” was placed in the famous square Sergels torg in the middle of Stockholm. Surreal ideas realized in a realistic way with a touch of humor. Inspired by the world around him, especially his place of birth (with the wide open spaces around his parents’ house being the setting for many of his pieces), Johansson subverts aesthetics and expectations, a firm believer that our only limitations in life are those we place on ourselves. Light and perspective are crucial parts when combining images in a realistic way and if some parts are not possible to shoot on location, a similar scene has to be built up in a controlled environment. It’s a combination of thinking differently and knowing what could be realized with the tools I have. Also to give it more realism somehow, so it just doesn’t look like a model but a photograph. Inspiration is everywhere and once you learn the tools you’re only limited by your own imagination. I just compose it to make it look real. I felt like I wanted to do something more to the photos, where pressing the trigger would only be the start. Every time a new idea pops up I put them in a book and save them for later, maybe I can realize them some day. Johansson: I divide the process into three different steps.First you have the planning or problem-solving phase when you come up with an idea. Johansson: I like illusions—when something looks like something else. I’m not really interested in what has been created in history and how my work looks compared to that. I had learned the basics by playing around in Photoshop and I started spending more time on each photo. This is a selection of the most frequently asked questions. realistic. Johansson: I do everything on a PC running [Microsoft] Windows 7. Johansson: I don’t know, maybe 10 to 20 pictures. Anything from things I see in my daily life to other artist’s work and music. The focus is on the story and the goal is to make it look as realistic as possible even if the scene itself contains impossible elements. EJ: There is a lot happening right now and I might have some very interesting album art to work within the next year. All prints look great regardless the size. You didn’t start with a white empty paper, once you pressed the trigger you were done. His impossible landscapes seem alternately humorous and menacing, trapping their inhabitants in vexing circumstances beyond their control as if they’re witnessing a break in the space-time continuum.Echoing the mathematical preciseness of M.C. I like how those street artists do 3D illusions with chalk and paint, and I thought it would be interesting to see if I could do that with photography—maybe make it look even more realistic. I graduated in 2010 with a master in Interaction Design. EJ: I didn’t know about Luis Buñuel until just recently but Dali is a big inspiration. I was out taking pictures with Eric a few times and it led to me also getting a DSLR (Canon EOS 400d) the year after. And then you have to understand nature, and nature is mathematics in a way. EJ: I am optimistic. It limits me in a way that I can’t realize all ideas I have, but limitations are good sometimes to define the work. EJ: I’ve been busy with commissioned and personal projects this spring/summer but hopefully a film project isn’t that far away. I believe that the best way of learning is by trying, maybe you don’t learn the fastest or correct way, but at least you learn what the different tools do and what YOU can do with them. As I finished my studies in 2010 I already worked part time as a freelance doing work for some smaller jobs for advertisement agencies in Sweden. I was playing around with the photos in the computer trying to create something that you couldn’t capture with the camera, mostly very basic modifications like changing color or putting my little sisters on our roof top. Free worldwide shipping on orders over 25 USD and 10% off all day! It was a fun photo to work with, the bed is captured in studio in a similar light and the background was shot at a lake close to my parents home, later summer 2008. You can find really big, abandoned buildings in the middle of the city, and just a couple of hundred meters away, you can see really nice, modern houses. Once he finds the right location, Johansson will take the photos needed, having to ensure that similar light and perspective is reflected in each. To me art is just something I find visually pleasing, I don’t care about the name behind it. The third step is post-production, which is basically like putting a puzzle together. But generally I try to focus on my personal work right now. He want's the viewer to feel like they are part of the scene. For portfolio work, I have a print portfolio that I bring to agencies. After the initial drawing he scouts for locations, always taking his own photographs instead of relying on stock photography (which can sometimes take just one day, several months, or even a year). Some ideas are quite heavy so the comedy creates a nice balance in the work as well. Yes! This takes anything from a few days to several weeks. I never use stock photography in my personal projects, I always want to be in complete control of my photos and feel like I’ve done everything myself. via Adobe Create Magazine. It can take anything from a few weeks to several months. I had a lot of ideas that I wanted to bring to life and it was a lot about problem solving trying to make it look as realistic as possible. Johansson: I think it plays a really big role, especially with my personal work. Sadly, I don’t spend as much time on my personal work as I would like to. Yes, just contact my Agent if you have a project in mind, contact info on the contact page. I wanted to involve a lot of people, so I picked a big open space in Stockholm. You find locations and figure out what you need to shoot to be able to create this idea. If you'd like to know more about the process of how the images come to life have a look at these Behind the Scenes Videos. Erik Johansson (born 1985) is a photographer and artist from Sweden based in Prague, Czech Republic. For more information on Erik Johansson, as well as prints for purchase and a comprehensive FAQ page, visit ErikJohanssonPhoto.com. I think that is one if the reasons why it was a natural step for me to modify the photos in the computer. It’s called “IMAGINE” and is available in many book stores and on amazon.com. Johansson: It’s actually a friend. I think we will see more and more people selling their own work. To make it look realistic, that is the challenge to me. I made new friends and work slowly stared to take off. If you have a project in mind don’t hesitate to contact us. I want to look forward and the flaws are signs of improvements, I hope I never become satisfied, I think that’s very dangerous for an artist. This can take anywhere between a few days to several months, sometimes years. Despite his commercial success, Johansson will always consider his personal projects to be the most important. Once I’ve come up with an idea that I think is good enough to realize I need to find the places I need to shoot to put the photo together. During the Eighties, conservative politics and Reaganomics held sway as the Berlin Wall crumbled, new computer technologies emerged and blockbuster movies and MTV reshaped pop culture.