Impossible Surreal Photography by Erik Johansson

Erik Johansson is a photographer and re-toucher from Sweden based in the Czech Republic and Sweden. He is working on both personal and commissioned projects with clients all around the world.

I grew up on a farm with my parents and two younger sisters, and I spent a lot of time in nature. For as long as I can remember I have liked drawing, maybe because of my grandmother who was a painter. When my mom asked me how my day in school was I would rather draw a comic showing how it was. My dad had a computer for work already in the mid 80's so I also developed an early interest in computers, mostly by escaping to other worlds through computer games. At the age of 15 I got my first digital camera, a very simple point-and-shoot Fuji film camera, but it opened up a new world to me. Being used to the process of drawing it felt quite strange to be done after capturing a photo, it wasn't the process of creating something in the same way as drawing. You didn't start with a white empty paper, once you pressed the trigger you were done. Even at that early age I felt like I wanted to do something more to the photos and having an interest in computers made it quite a natural step to start there. I started 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. That is how my interest in photo manipulation started; I learned by trying but it wouldn't become a profession until years later.

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All photos by Erik Johansson