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18 Brilliant Photo Manipulations by Erik Johansson

We first wrote about Erik Johansson, a Swedish photographer and retoucher, 4 years ago, when he was still a computer engineering student. Even back them, despite lack of professional training in photography, his wildly creative photo manipulations would be a stand-out example of retouching.

Erik’s work has a two-fold effect: on the one hand, it’s completely unbelievable and reality-defying, while on the other hand the high-skilled retouching makes it look almost real. The photographer first develops an idea in his head before he sets out to make the pictures; he even models in some of them himself – yes, that’s the blond guy, distorting his face with his own fist!

Erik says he has been drawing for as long as he can remember – maybe influenced by his painter grandmother – but his first digital camera at the age of 15 opened up a whole new world for the guy: “Being used to drawing it felt quite strange to be done after capturing a photo, it wasn’t the process of creating something in the same way.” He picked up his interest for retouching while studying, and today is a prolific artist, working on both commissions and personal projects. Let his fantasy worlds absorb you!

Website: erikjohanssonphoto.com

Expecting Winter

Electric Guitar

Cut & Fold

Set Them Free

Groundbreaking

Arms Break, Vases Don’t

Fishy Island

Snow Cover

Face vs. Fist

Roadworker’s Coffee Break

Go Your Own Road

Vertical Turn                                               Self-Actualization

Kaffeslump

Big Laundry Day

Stryktålig                                                     A Painting Too Real

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  • Renat Galeev via Facebook

    Suerte! Y felicidades

  • http://www.facebook.com/annette.picard3 Annette Picard via Facebook

    Comme d’habitude, tres belle collection !

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathie.hoblitzell Kathie Hoblitzell via Facebook

    This is neat.

  • Lena Fioletowa via Facebook

    <3 amazing

  • http://www.facebook.com/katie.vass.9 Katie Vass via Facebook

    amazing stuff

  • http://www.facebook.com/alltelleringet Erik Johansson via Facebook

    Thanks for featuring my work! <3

    • Kristin

      Absolutely stunning work!

  • http://www.facebook.com/darina.stefancova Darina Stefancova via Facebook

    Brill! d.

  • http://www.facebook.com/yvonne.mack.75 Yvonne Mack via Facebook

    So much talent

  • Peter Prip via Facebook

    wonderful. Big smiles!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/NomadicTexan Nomadic Texan via Facebook

    Reminds me of MC Escher, but in color!

  • http://www.facebook.com/boredpanda Bored Panda via Facebook

    wow, nice to meet you!

  • http://twitter.com/RealJStreets RealJerusalemStreets

    WOW – Brilliant!

    • Prashant Ambalgikar

      This is really cool, well done and making smile: perfect!

  • Shannon Plummer via Facebook

    Fetching Art

  • http://www.facebook.com/bernard.verhaegen1 Bernard Verhaegen via Facebook

    haftiga bilder!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joao.arantes.13 João Arantes via Facebook

    Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mala.qiu Mala Qiu via Facebook

    It’s wonderful work, and I’m passing it along to friends.

  • Jlmsg Gutfreund via Facebook

    Wonderful work – beautiful – Thanks for sharing it

  • http://www.facebook.com/sophie.oliveaumoore Sophie Oliveau-Moore via Facebook

    I love the combination of humour and poetry

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/June-Leeloo/38796323129 June Leeloo via Facebook

    excellent!

  • mariotti

    féèriques j aimes :)

  • Sophie Piantanida via Facebook

    This is really cool, well done and making smile: perfect! <3

  • shobhan

    longing for more visual stories because they are wonderful

  • Elizabeth Tevlin via Facebook

    Wow, love the Cut and Fold, behind the scenes.

  • http://twitter.com/unitedpeople Biggins31

    Pure Class!

  • christine

    amazing

  • http://www.facebook.com/argentronic Cristian Dos Santos via Facebook

    Riveros, Piguillem

  • http://www.facebook.com/argentronic Cristian Dos Santos via Facebook

    Interesting! :-D

  • http://www.facebook.com/drjuly Kucing Sesat

    Talented.mind blowing pieces!! bravo~~

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.nelson.7739 James Nelson

    Magnicifient!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mikhaila.poitevin Mikhaila Poitevin

    just wow…

  • Mandy Moore

    I was blown away. Brilliant!! Your hard work shows through :)

  • Laurinda H

    Wow — had it for a trial run and it was so damn confusing

  • Lemmy

    amazing, simple as that.

  • tonner photography

    brilliant works..!

  • FAT AMY

    THIS IS BULLSHIT. SWAG YOLO

  • FAT AMY

    AWH YIS. I’M HUNGRY FOR SUM BACON EXOH ;)

  • FAT AMY

    I WANT SUM MONEY. HONEY HONEY

  • Anonymous

    A descendent of Escher, Rafal Olbinski, Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte and other fine artists. Intense work. Bravo!

  • luke scott

    wow man your work is fantastic

  • Tammra

    I am in Ahhhh! Wish my creative ideas were as WONDERFUL! as your creative thinking and TALENT! I am impressed & hope to give you a challenge in my work as you have given mine!! KOODOES!!