PHLEARN MagazineInside the Bag (and Mind) of Surrealist Photographer Erik Johansson

Inside the Bag (and Mind) of Surrealist Photographer Erik Johansson

Erik Johansson is a Swedish photographer and image creator currently based in Prague, Czech Republic. He specializes in surreal photography, photo manipulation, and montages. Let’s have a look at what’s in his bag.


“To me, photography is basically about collecting materials for the ideas I want to bring to life.” – Erik Johansson

CAMERA:

Hasselblad H6D-50c Medium Format

50MP 43.8 x 32.9mm CMOS Sensor, 16-Bit Color, 14-Stop Dynamic Range

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Hasselblad H6D-50c. It’s not always the fastest or lightest camera but when used in the right way it delivers amazing quality. Not only in terms of resolution and details but also the way it captures the colours.

LENSES:

Hasselblad HCD 24mm f/4.8

Aperture Range: f/4.8 to f/32, Improved Shutter Unit, 1/2000 Sec Sync

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Hasselblad HC 50mm f/3.5 II

Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/32, Improved Shutter Unit, 1/2000 Sec Sync

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Hasselblad HC Macro 120mm f/4 II

Aperture Range: f/4 to f/45, Life-Size 1:1 Maximum Magnification

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Hasselblad HCD 35-90mm f/4-5.6 Autofocus Lens

Aperture Range: f/4-5.6 to 32, Improved Shutter Unit, 1/2000 Sec. Sync

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Hasselblad HCD 24, 50, 120, 35-90. I especially like the 50 mm, it’s extremely sharp and fairly compact. However, most of the time I shoot with the 35-90 zoom.

LIGHTING:

Profoto B1X 500 AirTTL

Profoto B1X 500 AirTTL Flash Head with 500Ws adjustable in 1/10 f-stop increments over a 9 f-stop power range

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Profoto B1X and Pro7b. I seldom shoot in a studio, unless it’s smaller objects or props. I rather bring light on location when the sun isn’t out. To me it’s really important that light has a purpose, why is it there? I never just throw in some light for the look unless it makes sense.

BAG:

Fstop Tilopa, great bag for photo trips and I can walk with it for a long time fully packed without it being too painful. For city trips I usually take a smaller bag.

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS:

Really Right Stuff Tripods, great quality and stability.


For a look at more of Erik’s work, visit his website. And for more on his creative process, check out our interview with him.

Dane Johnson

Dane Johnson was the former Editor of PHLEARN Magazine, where he helped creatives share their stories. Dane currently is the co-founder of Clementine Coffee Roasters and he accepts most assertions of his hipster-ness and millennialism without flinching.

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