Interview with Erik Johansson

We seek out some of the most talented photographers on the planet and ask them to share a bit about themselves and their creative process. Today we have the pleasure of learning more about Swedish surrealist photographer Erik Johansson.

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.

Dane Johnson

Dane Johnson is Editor of PHLEARN Magazine, where he helps creatives share their stories. As an amateur coffee connoisseur and inquisitive traveler, he accepts most assertions of his hipster-ness and millennialism without flinching.

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