The Architecture of Captured Ideas
You mention never using stock photography in order to have complete control over your images. Where do you take most of your photographs? Germany or do you travel around?
Most of my pictures are taken in Sweden, this is both due to it being my country of origin but also as most of my ideas are inspired by the natural landscape of the country.
To what extent does the landscape you are surrounded by influence your work?
The landscape that surrounds me influences my work in terms of atmosphere and mood. One can say that the atmosphere conveyed in my photographs is the overarching theme, which connects one image to the other.
Your images imply a sense of movement, have you ever thought about exploring diverse mediums as animation or movie?
I have recently been thinking about this possibility although I feel that at the moment to embark on a project like this would mean losing control over a part of the process due to technical limitations and so I prefer to stick with photography for the time being.
To what extent are you interested in re-enacting the behavior of certain elements in the true world?
I don’t really think about it on those terms at first stance. I am more interested in combining two objects or ideas and exploring how these two can interact in a way that is visually stimulating and enigmatic.
How do you develop a commissioned project?
When working with a company as those of advertising they generally come up with an idea, which I then interpret. On the other hand when I work with a private client I feel as if I am more involved in the creative process. However in both cases the preliminary idea is first developed through sketch and is later mocked up on the computer in order to start to give a feel of the image quality.
How and to what extent has surrealism influenced your work?
I think it is a big statement for me to define my work as surrealist. I am deeply influenced by the movement in itself but prefer to leave the describing of the image up to the viewer.
Similarly to Escher you explore the Einsteinian discourse on the relationship between space and time. To what extent are certain images a re enactment of Eschers interpretation of Einstein. (specfifc reference to The Coxeter stairway Mc Escher with your Impossible Escape & Perspective Square case).
I am deeply fascinated by the phenomenon of double perspective and how it can trick your brain. As such the comparison to Escher is inevitable, although rather than defining my images as a re-enactment I see my work as re interpreting the thematic he explored in our contemporary culture.
Erik Johansson is a photographer and retoucher from Sweden based in Prague, Czech Republic and Sweden. He is working on both personal and commissioned projects with clients all around the world. Erik doesn’t capture moments, he captures ideas. With the help of his camera and Photoshop the goal is to make it look as realistic as possible.