A Surrealist Photographer’s Essentials

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 here.

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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