Alternative realities. Erik Johansson.

Erik Johansson, nació en 1985. Fotógrafo y artista digital de origen sueco afincado tanto en la República Checa como en Suecia, está altamente especializado en el arte del retoque fotográfico. Su trabajo viene a describir todo tipo de escenas surrealistas para lo que se vale de la superposición de varias imágenes al mismo tiempo. Al contrario de lo usual en el ámbito de la fotografía convencional, Johansson no se limita a capturar imágenes sino que a partir de ellas conforma ideas valiéndose además de su prodigiosa imaginación, la cual es proyectada al entorno de la postproducción a fin de terminar sintetizando una escena del todo imposible en la realidad ordinaria.

Ha venido realizando proyectos para clientes entre los que se encuentran Adobe, National Geographic Channel, Volvo, Google y Microsoft. Sigue un objetivo concreto que coincide con una de sus mayores obsesiones: Conseguir el mayor grado de realismo posible a cada una de sus composiciones, ya bien por medio de su cámara o mediante un uso ciertamente experto del software de Adobe, Photoshop.

Se graduó en ingeniería informática en la Universidad de Tecnología en Gothenburg (Suecia) y en el máster de Interaction Design en 2010, pero sus conocimientos en fotografía y retoque digital los adquirió de forma autodidacta. Hace dieciséis años llegó a sus manos su primera cámara digital y tras haber estado dibujando casi toda su vida, descubrió lo divertido que era modificar la realidad en sus fotografías y vio la cantidad de posibilidades que se le abrían ante él.

Con su imaginación el artista visual crea escenas increíbles en las que la realidad y ficción se entremezclan invitando al espectador a jugar con la imagen y a descifrarla. Si bien los elementos que se muestran en las fotografías podrían ser bastante cotidianos, las situaciones y los contextos en los que se encuentran son más bien imposibles. Por ello no es de extrañar que entre sus referentes se encuentre Salvador Dali, M.C. Escher o René Magritte.

Para mostrar cómo lleva a cabo sus imágenes imposibles, el fotógrafo ha creado un vídeo making of donde explica su proceso de trabajo. Johansson afirma que no utiliza bancos de imágenes y que todo lo que emplea son fotografías propias para lograr un estilo verdaderamente personal. Primero parte de una idea, de un boceto. Después de elegir localizaciones y elementos necesarios para su composición, los fotografía (proceso que, según afirma, puede llevarle meses e incluso años). En este proceso es donde define el aspecto que va a tener la pieza, escogiendo luces, reflejos, perspectivas… Tras capturar las imágenes que necesita, las une en una sola composición en el software de edición como si fuera un puzzle. Su intención es que la imagen final dé la sensación de que podría haber sido tomada como cualquier fotografía normal.

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Work process

To Erik it’s always important with a high level of realism in his work. It’s important to make people feel like they are part of the scene, to relate to it. Although his work consists of a lot of work in post-production he always tries to capture as much as possible in camera. “No one can tell you that it doesn’t look realistic if you actually captured it for real.”

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. Having an understanding of both photography and post production is very important to make everything come together seamlessly. Every photograph and part has its purpose.

Erik always do all the post production himself to be in complete control of the end result. The idea, photography and post production are all connected. The final image doesn’t become better than the photographs used to capture it. Just like the photographs don’t become stronger than the idea.

There are no computer generated-, illustrated- or stock photos in Erik’s personal work, just complex combinations of his own photographs. It’s a long process and he only creates 6-8 new images a year (excluding commissioned work). 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.

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Commissioned projects

Erik is as much a photographer as a retoucher which enables him to create almost anything that you can imagine. Having an understanding of each step of the process gives total control of the whole work process from sketch to final image to ensure a high quality realistic result. Creating an image this way requires a lot work and preparation to get a realistic result. Erik is available for worldwide commissioned projects. If you have a project don’t hesitate to contact us and share your thoughts. Featured clients below.

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Behind the scenes – Impact

“This is an image I’ve been working on for the past months. I wanted to create an image where a lake is breaking up as a mirror. I wanted to make the effect look as realistic as possible so I decided to buy 17 square meters of mirrors last summer and brought out the mirrors, a boat and the model to a quarry.”

Music: Principles of Geometry.

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Behind the scenes – Full moon service

“Shot in late summer of 2016 a beautiful calm evening in the middle of Sweden. I brought out a bunch of rice lamps, light bulbs, an electric generator, a car and two models out in a field. In this 3 minute video you can see the process of making it come to life from sketch, shooting to final composition.”

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Behind the scenes – Drifting away

“This video shows the process of creating my photo ‘Drifting Away’ from sketch, shooting to final image.”

Music: Detektivbyrån.

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Behind the scenes – Endless stories

“An image I created for The Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation (Barncancerfonden). By supporting cancer research more children can survive and fulfill their dreams, like for example reading all the books in the world.” The Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to collecting money to prevent and combat cancer diseases in children.

Julia suffered from leukemia at age of two. Now the treatment is completed, and Julia is back with her friends at the kindergarten. When Julia was two years old she was diagnosed with leukemia. Her parents Adriana and Magnus and big brother, Gustav, had just moved to Alingsås, Sweden when life turned. There are no words to describe such a situation. But how inhumanely overwhelming things may seem, there is hope. Despite the difficult circumstances, she has been an incredible fighter. With your help increase the chance that their lives will be filled with many more wonderful experiences and memories!

The Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to collecting money to prevent and combat cancer diseases in children. The Childhood Cancer Foundation operates exclusively on the basis of donations from individuals and the private sector, and receives no grants from the national government, the municipalities or the county councils. Everyone involved worked for free on this project. Find out more about The Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation here: http://www.barncancerfonden.se

From October 2014 until the end of 2014 this photo was available to buy in my print shop on inprnt.com where all the money including the print cost would go to The Childhood Cancer Foundation. We sold a total of 39 prints and raised $ 3840 USD. Thank you all for the support!

Due to more people asking for the print it’s once more up in the shop and 50% of the sale price will be donated to the organization:”

Buy Print.

Client: Barncancerfonden.
Stylist: Catherine Vaindorf.
Stylist Assistant: Evelina Engström.
Photo Assistant: Vincent Sjögren.
Advertisment Agency: Ingo, Sweden.

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Behind the scenes – Landfall

“This is a behind the scenes video showing the process of creating my photo “Landfall” from sketch to final image.”

Music: Mr Oizo & Gaspard Agué.

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Behind the scenes – Cut and fold

“Behind the scenes video of my photo Cut & Fold, from shooting to final photo. The post production took about 15 hours, the clip contains a selection of that process played back at 80 times normal speed. Video was filmed and edited by me.”

Music: Justice.

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Behind the scenes – Closing out

“I wanted to create a world between outside and inside and somehow let them meet. For this piece I decided to have my sisters sheeps as models and I knew that I wanted to shoot the outdoor part of the photo in an real outdoor environment. I brought out some wood boards, old paint buckets.”

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Erik Johansson – References and official web sites

Erik Johansson – Official Web site

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-Artículo iniciado el 18 de octubre de 2017. Publicado el 18 de enero de 2021.-

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