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Illusory Reality by Eric Johansson

This guy pulls the road behind him, like a blanket, turns wooden boards into the sea, cuts endless fields along the dotted line and melts with ice cream under the scorching sun. He is not a magician, he is only studying. And the professional camera and dozens of Photoshop layers help him in this. The name of this wizard is Erik Johansson.

Illusions, deformed reality, photographs with elements of a fairy tale - Eric's style can be described in different ways. The author himself calls his works surrealistic ideas that are implemented with humor. 

“The most important thing is having fun,” he says.
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But the secret to his success is not only fun. To become a professional, you need a lot of patience and practice. Eric Johansson encourages everyone to find their own style, then open an online tutorial and train. You will be surprised: this photographer is self-taught! He, of course, has an education, but it is based on a computer specialty: “Master of Interactive Design”. The young man is so in demand that he collaborates with corporations such as Google, Adobe and Microsoft. But back to the photo-illusions. Where does Eric have such a penchant for drawing? It turns out that she is hereditary: his grandmother was an artist. In addition, the guy from childhood admired Escher's double perspectives, Dali's feeling and color, and Magritte's surrealism.
Interestingly, the young author draws the greatest dose of inspiration from painting, and not from photos. He explains this by saying that pictures are a reflection of the world, and pictures are a reflection of opinion. Erica is often asked how such innovative solutions appear in his head. In response, he advises everyone to look at things, and then come up with the opposite embodiment for them: for example, make hard soft. Thus, the guy discovered the secret of one of his works: the one where he punches himself in the face, and it wrinkles like a pillow.
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Erica is often asked how such innovative solutions appear in his head. In response, he advises everyone to look at things, and then come up with the opposite embodiment for them: for example, make hard soft. Thus, the guy discovered the secret of one of his works: the one where he punches himself in the face, and it wrinkles like a pillow.
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The visiting card of the photographer is stunning rural landscapes. Why exactly them? It's simple: Eric grew up among all this grandeur in the small Swedish town of Gotene. The boy spent all his childhood on the farm, drawing endlessly. In addition to his passion for creativity, he also had a second passion - computer video games. With the help of them, he fled to other worlds. And when at 15 the guy got his first digital camera, he began to create his own Universe.
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Since 2011, in the works of Eric street illusions and urban scenes have arisen. This is due to the fact that he moved to Berlin. Why exactly Berlin? Because it is a city of contrasts, which provides the basis for creativity. 

The former Berlin Wall divided the metropolis into two parts: western and eastern - each of them is very colorful. And in the city center there are abandoned ancient buildings - a treasure for the photographer.
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Eric Johansson achieves one main goal: to make his work look as realistic as possible. According to him, he simply completes the world. “I see myself as a photographer who cannot capture an idea with a camera alone,” he admits. It is interesting that in the arsenal of the photographer there are many types of sky: he cuts them out of pictures, so that on occasion he has a rich choice. And, since we talked about the features of his pictures, it should be noted that the author himself is captured in all male roles. “The only thing that limits us is our fantasy,” says Eric. He develops it in every way: he dreams during the day, and at night he dreams. The master does all his unique work to the sounds of electronic music that he adores.
You are probably wondering how exactly Eric Johansson creates a photo: from the idea to the final touch? Now we will talk about this in more detail. 
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The whole process is conditionally divided into three stages. The most important of them is planning: “He determines the look of the photo, this is my raw material” At this stage, Eric comes up with an idea, searches for suitable objects and places, and also solves the problems that arose. Everything takes from several days to several years. The second stage is the collection of material. Johansson never uses ready-made photos from the Internet, it is important for him to do everything himself. The third stage is the simplest, but on condition that the first two are performed flawlessly. “This piece is like a puzzle. I have all the components, they just need to be assembled together, ”explains the photographer. This is where the work with the graphic editor begins, which lasts from 10 to 20 hours!
We suggest you watch one of Eric Johansson’s videos, in which he showed the whole process of creating a photo called “Cut and Fold” (the one where the field is cut along the dotted line).









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