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Erik Johansson Cut and FoldErik Johansson is a Swedish photographer working out of Berlin who has made quite a name for himself by taking the ordinary moment and inserting a twist in its perception through a very skilled manipulation of the photos, creating a new and surreal reality.  Johansson can look upon  a very mundane scene and see all sorts of other potentials. In his manipulated reality  there are row boats plowing through fields, a driver is faced with with a giant chrome ball that blocks his way and a biker comes upon a road that is cut like a piece of paper, its ends splayed high in the air above him.  Real life houses appear like those from an MC Escher drawing.  And that is just a small sample.

Erik Johansson ReverberateIt is an incredible combination of imaginative vision, skill and technology.  You can see more of his work at his website by clicking here.  There is also a wonderful blog on his site that gives a real inside look at his process, including a number of videos. Here at the bottom, there is one of these videos that shows in great depth the many layers of editing and manipulation that take place in composing  his photo, Cut and Fold, shown at the top of this page.  If you’ve ever used photo editing software such as Photoshop, you will appreciate his great skill.

If you don’t care how he came to his final product, it may take a way a bit of the mystery.  Or not.  I don’t know.

Anyway, it’s great fun so take a moment and let your mind wander into a different reality.

Erik Johansson The Architect Erik Johansson Rowboat Erik Johansson Set Them Free Erik Johansson Intersecting Planes Erik Johansson Greenfall Erik Johansson Nightmare Perspective

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