Optical Delusions?

This morning I was reading a recent issue of Popular Photography, (yes I still subscribe to paper), when I came upon this article about Erik Johansson. Erik describes himself as “a professional photographer and retoucher based in Sweden”.  And that’s putting it mildly.  In the article are some amazing examples of his work.

Erik creates stunning optical illusions with photography. 

Erik Johansson, Optical Illusion

Optical Illusion © Erik Johansson

As a kid, I was always fascinted by the drawings of M.C. Escher, whose work was the result of great creativity, vision and a true drawing talent.  Erik possesses the same creativity and vision; just substitute “photographic and retouching skills” for “drawing skills” in that last sentence.

Some of his work is featured in the article and there is more at Erik’s own site

Whether you are just starting to learn photo editing or an old pro, Erik’s creations are great examples of what can be done with vision, planning and post-production skills.  If he can create like this, I’ll bet he can fix red-eye in a snap!

Posted by Ed.

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One Response to Optical Delusions?

  1. 2guysphoto says:

    This is very reminiscent of Escher. I recall seeing your Eschers as a kid and frankly, they freaked me out. This photog has done some nice work and clearly demonstrates how the line between photographer and graphical artist continues to fade.

    Posted by Rey

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