Here’s How This Surrealist Photographer Creates The Most Breathtaking Pictures!

Surrealist photographer Erik Johansson‘s pictures are unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. They’re more than just memories frozen in time. They’re more than just an insight into someone else’s life. They’re more than just a means to travel to places you’ve never been before.

They’re ideas.

New work! "IMPACT" …see a larger version with more details on my website, link in my profile. 💔⛵️

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Erik first discovered that it was fun to change and modify photos in the year 2000 when he got his first digital camera. As an artist, he felt like he wanted to do something more with the photos, so he played around until he eventually discovered photo manipulations.

The self-taught photographer and retoucher from Sweden uses oodles of creativity, his camera and Photoshop to put together the most surreal pictures. His goal is to make the idea look as realistic as possible.

He puts in all of this work:

To create something that looks like this:

New work! "Full Moon Service" 🌕🌕🌕 This is a photo I've been working on from now and then for the past 8 months. Shot in the late summer of 2016 a beautiful calm evening in the middle of Sweden outside of Götene. I brought out 7 rice lamps, 7 light bulbs, an electric generator, a car and two models out in a field. The main part that has been retouched in this photo is to replace the rice ball with a moon texture, the light and the mood was very close to what you see in the photo. I would love to hear your thoughts about it. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you see it? …see more details on my website by following the link in my profile . Want to know how it was made? Behind the scene video link in profile! . #fullmoonservice #erikjohansson #surreal #landscape #moon #fullmoon #lights #shooting #hasselblad #h6d50c #photography #print #holmestad #sweden #moons

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Erik starts by sketching an idea. Then comes the planning, and the problem-solving. This is the most important step as it defines the look and feel of the photo.
Only once this is dealt with does Erik move on to gathering the material and shooting. The final part is putting the photos together, like a puzzle.

“I get inspiration from all things around me. I think it’s a lot about looking at the world from a different perspective. I believe that inspiration lies in the contrast between things.”

“I like a challenge and playing with people’s perception of what we think is reality”, he says.

For Erik, realism has always been very important, and bringing a sketch to life in a photo is no easy feat. The making of these beautiful photographs can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks and you can check out the cool process in these behind-the-scenes videos.

Mind-blowing, right? Who would have thought that so much effort went into creating that perfect shot?

Source: Erik Johansson Photo

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After spending pretty much all of my teen years waiting for a Hogwarts letter that never came, I gave up and settled for being a wizard with words instead. A hopeless romantic, when I’m not penning down short stories, I’m busy imagining my own happily ever after.

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