We already know photographer Erik Johansson for his dreamy photo manipulations such as Full Moon Service or the Mirrored Lake Project. This time he was inspired by that magical moment right before falling asleep, when you let go of your rational thoughts and the dreams start to replace them. He illustrated this moment in a mesmerizing photomontage, and he takes you behind the scenes of the photo shoots he did in order to create the final image.
I can’t tell you how often I had to tell how I got to make this picture. This image was created for the semi-final of the Dutch Canon Grand Prix 2017, and I had lots of talks to people about it, before and afterwards. Let’s start at the beginning. Earlier this year I got an Email with the invitation to join this contest, one of the categories being ‘Image manipulation’. And manipulating images I do a lot, it’s my favourite part of photography and partly my work. I
send in 2 pictures (the required amount). Of these 2 I had the idea that they were 1. reasonably manipulated and were 2. somehow authentic, original. I didn’t expect anything of it, I send them just-in-case. So it surprised me a bit that I got invited for a portfolio review of a group of 60 people (of a total of around 5K).
Photomontages belong to photography on the one hand, but on the other – this technique is art on its own. French artist Laurent Chéhère has created a series that’s a real example of this. His composites are created from photos, but with the reality of their own.
Laurent’s series Flying Houses depicts the architectural objects floating in the air. It’s only the power lines that hold them, and they all seem as if they’re ready to get loose and fly away. You will see houses, buildings, trailers and even circus tents. They all look like something straight from a dream, and they are all created from hundreds of images, brought together in a unique combination of art, fantasy and fairy tale.