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Erik Johansson – Imagine: Created Reality

2016-02-24 Hasselblad user Erik Johansson is a Swedish photographer working in the ‘surreal’ genre, currently based in Prague. He doesn’t capture moments, he captures ideas. 

erik_johansson_endless-reflections Endless Reflections – Photographed by Erik Johansson 

He says: “The reality I portray does exist but on a different scale. It has become my life’s mission to create these worlds, all these ideas that I have that I want to live out and to actually see happening. I’m passionate about inspiring others to dare to live out their fantasies and to create something that inspires them and to challenge one-way thinking. To raise questions.”

As a real Hasselblad devotee, Erik uses his Hasselblad H5D-40 medium format camera to capture and realise all the creative concepts in his mind.

erik_johansson_landfall Landfall – Photographed by Erik Johansson 

erik_johansson_the_architect The Architect – Photographed by Erik Johansson 

“I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember and when I got my camera I felt like I wanted to do something more with the photos. I started playing around with my images in the computer and discovered photo manipulation techniques. For me  realism has always been very important and it’s a challenge to make a sketch come to life in a photo. I learned by trying. It took some time and I’m still learning but when you understand the functionality of the tools you are working with everything is then only limited by imagination.”

erik_johansson_soundscapes Soundscapes – Photographed by Erik Johansson 

erik_johansson_breaking_up Breaking Up – Photographed by Erik Johansson 


Erik’s work will be exhibited at Fotografiska museum in Stockholm, Sweden from 26th of February to 10th of April, At the same time he will be releasing his new book: Imagine.

Learn more at exhibition here

Facebook: Photographer Erik Johansson

Instagram: @alltelleringet

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