Perfect for a Friday afternoon, Erik Johansson’s photos skew reality. With a lot of skill in image manipulation Erik has managed to develop a style that stands out from the crowd. I first came across his work in an Australian newspaper so that is an indication as to how far his reach is.
Tell us a little about yourself?
Swedish photographer/retoucher, currently living in Berlin working on personal and commissioned projects. Also doing street illusions and talking at TED .
What inspired you to get started in photography?
The willingness to realize the impossible
What gear do you take to each shoot and what lens can you not live without?
Canon 5d mark 2, mostly the canon 24-70 and a tripod. I can’t really choose one lens, but the 24-70 is the one I use the most.
How do you market yourself and has social media been an important part?
yes, good stuff spreads itself but facebook/twitter is important to interact with people
What’s your favourite photo that you’ve taken and does it have any significance?
Always the next one, it will be the best one I ever do!
Select a photo you have taken, explain how it was taken and how did you edit it?
The draging road image. Two photos, one of a road and one of a guy pulling a fabric.
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What processing tool do you use and do you believe in the camera doing all the work or in post ?
All happens in post, I like the high-pass filter and lasso the most
Whats your favourite photography accessory other than your camera?
Where do you prefer to post your photos online and why there?
my website, photo communities, facebook
Do you ever get photographers block and if so what do you do to get inspired again?
Take a walk, do something else, travel, get drunk
Is there anything you wish you had done when you first started in photography that would’ve made a difference?
I believe that it’s a process where you have to make mistakes to become better
Any advice for new photographers wanting to go pro?
Trying is the best way of learning