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Portfolio Interview preview: Turning fantasy into reality

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Latest issue, by Tim Williamson

We chat to brilliant Photoshop artist Erik Johansson about his photoreal images

The work of Swedish photographer and retouch artist Erik Johansson is a sight to behold. Not only does his work display a tremendous amount of technical ability – the seams with which he stitches together his assorted photography all but invisible – but creatively it’s the work of an artist with great imagination. From roads that peel upwards and outwards like the zip on a jacket to rowboats that tear through pastoral, sun-kissed fields, Johansson’s work is like pulling back the curtain on a dream, revealing worlds that twenty years ago could only have existed within the mind’s eye.

“I’ve always liked photography, but somehow I wanted to do something different with it. I wanted to capture the ideas I had in my mind, just like I did when I did drawings,” says Johansson of his first steps into the world of retouching. “In the past I would come up with an idea and use a pencil to create it, and somehow the process was the same when I discovered Photoshop. I could realise ideas and places that didn’t actually exist, creating them using my photography. I wanted my images to look like they had truly been captured in real life, despite their surrealist quality.”

Portfolio Interview preview: Turning fantasy into reality
Read more in issue 116 of Advanced Photoshop, on sale 28 November 2013