Swedish-born photographer and retoucher Erik Johansson is an undisputed master at photo manipulation, as can be seen from his mind-boggling depictions of everyday scenes with major twists. Part surreal wonders, part mind-boggling optical illusions, the Berlin-based artist’s images depict impossible situations that transcend our experiences of daily life. Looking at his impressive creations, it’s no surprise to learn that the 29-year-old is inspired by the likes of M.C. Escher and Salvador Dalí.
For each work, Johansson begins with a simple sketch of a concept. Once he determines if the idea is good enough, he starts planning and finding places to capture the raw photographs. Next, he collects the materials needed to construct the final image by shooting hundreds of photos while maintaining similar lighting and perspective. Finally, he combines all the pieces like a puzzle with the help of image manipulation software like Photoshop. The final results are astounding, multilayered compositions that fit together so seamlessly it’s impossible to pull apart each illusion.
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