From hanging the moon to an inside out cabin in the woods, the images of Swedish surrealist photographer Erik Johansson are absolutely beautiful and mind-boggling. We recently had the chance to chat with Erik about his work and how he captures the impossible.
What’s the one quote that always fires you up?
EJ: “We’re only limited by our imagination.”
Do you have any particular habits that are a part of how you begin your creative process?
EJ: I try to look at things around me, trying to make a connection between things in an unexpected way. It’s usually a pretty long process before I decide to bring an idea to life but that’s how it starts.
What do you do when you hit a wall during your creative process?
EJ: I do something completely different; take a walk, go outside, watch a movie. I think it’s pretty hard to force creativity, it comes and goes for everyone.
What’s your favorite photo you’ve ever captured and why?
EJ: It’s hard to say, I think it’s yet to come. But I usually like the ones I’m working on at the moment. If I would have to pick a favorite, I kind of like Soundscapes or The Architect.
What book would you recommend any creative person read?
EJ: Children’s books! With lots of illustrations, I love them, and they can often go beyond common sense. I also really enjoy the books by Shaun Tan, especially The Arrival – a story without words.
You can view more of Erik’s work at his website. And, if you want to see what Erik carries in his gear bag, check this out.