I was absolutely astounded with this street illusion cover up artwork! It looks great and if I did not have the chance to see how Erik was setting it up, I will definitely find it hard to tell whether it was real or fake. I was thinking that this cover up street illusion could be used in shooting a film or advertisement. I was so impressed with how digital arts can be utilized to create a scene or background location.
About the Cover up Street Illusion
I believe that this cover up street illusion is truly inspiring. It doesn’t just capture a moment, but it also captures a big idea. I agree with Erik when he says that photography is just a way to collect materials in order to realize the ideas in the mind. It is very nice to get inspired by all the things around us. Erik really made this cover up as realistic as possible.
About the Artist
Erik Johansson was born in 1985 outside a small town called Götene in the middle of Sweden. Erik grew up on a farm with his parents and two younger sisters. He also got interested in computers. At the age of 15, he got his first digital camera which opened up a new world for him. Erik didn’t considered photography a profession until years later.
In 2005, he moved to Gothenburg to study Computer engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. After publishing some of his images online, Erik started to receive requests about commissioned work from some local advertisement agencies. He started out freelancing in parallel with his studies while still working on personal projects. He got more and more jobs and at the time he finished his studies with a master in Interaction Design. Erik felt like he wanted to try out the photography path. He moved to Norrköping in the eastern part of Sweden to start working full time as a freelance photographer. Erik made new friends and got to work on interesting projects, both local and abroad. In early 2012 it was time for something new and he moved to Berlin, Germany – a very artistic city with lots of inspiration.
Today Erik work with both personal and commissioned projects. In 2011 he started doing photography street illusions. In November 2011 he spoke at the TED conference in London about his photography and in May 2013 at the Adobe MAX conference. Erik has worked with clients such as Google, Adobe and Microsoft, but the personal work and concepts will always be what’s most important. Growing up on the Swedish countryside had a big impact on his visual style. According to Erik, inspiration is everywhere and what you can imagine is what you can create.
Thank you very much Erik Johansson for allowing us to share your amazing cover up street illusions. If you wish to see more of his excellent and inspiring artworks, you can go and visit his website.