about Erik Johansson

As one of the first known photo-retoucher, Erik is also one of those who take their work very seriously, to the point of only creating 6-8 new images a year, excluding commissioned work, because of the long refined process they require.

With my personal work I don’t really have a deadline. 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. This can take anywhere between a few days to several months, sometimes years. This step also includes problem solving, how to make the reflections, materials, etc.

Fishy Island

Cut & Fold

Since he is entirely self taught, to Erik, photography is just a way to collect material to realize the ideas in his mind with a problem solving approach. Although one photo can consist of hundreds of different images he always wants it to look as if it could have been captured.

“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. It limits me in a way that I can’t realize all ideas I have, but limitations are good sometimes to define the work. A similar light and perspective is extremely important to create a realistic result when combining the photos.

The Cover Up

The result is an “impossible” series of landscapes wich ties with the surrealism of concepts launched by artists as Dalì and Magritte.

“The final part is putting the photos together. This takes anything from a few days to several weeks. This is actually the easiest step, if I did a good job in the first and second step. This part is like a puzzle, I have all the pieces, I just need to put them together.

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  1. I’ve been following him for a while and I love his works.

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