Erik Johansson is a full time photographer and retoucher from Sweden based in Berlin, Germany. He works on both personal and commissioned projects and creates sometimes street illusions. Erik creates realistic photos of impossible scenes - capturing ideas, not moments: “To me photography is just a way to collect material to realize the ideas in my mind. I get inspired by things around me in my daily life and all kinds of things I see. Although one photo can consist hundreds of layers I always want it to look like it could have been captured. Every new project is a new challenge and my goal is to realize it as realistic as possible.” Erik has been invited to speak at the TED conference in London on how something can look real but at the same time be impossible.
Romanian artist Caras Ionut ingeniously assembles surreal landscapes and figures, often using his own photography. Ionut seems to have taken passion in cooler weather as his inspirations for photography in his life. Much of his work shows depictions of fall and winter and his mechanics entail several hues of blues and whites. Most people when considering dreams would think of good positive dreams, and he like to think he captured that in his work. Caras also seem to visit the darker side of what people may see of dreams, not necessarily what one would see as negative, but possibly a dream that one could not unite understand or may feel alone.
Jon Jacobsen is a fine art photographer and retoucher from Santiago, Chile. With a degree in graphic design and multimedia communication, he started creating conceptual images nine years ago. His work contains graphic, narrative images utilizing symbolism and the surreal, and continues to evolve through fashion editorials and fine art photography. As a freelance photographer, he mainly produces fine art images, fashion editorials and portraits and collaborates with other talents, always with the desire of experimenting and pushing boundaries.
Madrid-based photographer Silvia Grav achieves a brilliant, dreamlike aesthetic by appropriating techniques that include superimposition, multiple exposure and solarization. The outcome is a captivatingly dark, surreal exploration and study of subjective interposition. Questions are tacitly posed through her images: How does one interpret? What are the affects of dreams on the unconscious and conscious alike? How does time and thought affect memory? As a result, her photographs tend to function like condensed narrations suspended between empiricism and mental projection. (src. Juxtapoz)
Ade Santora is an Indonesian photographer who shots landscapes, moments of life, animals and portraits. The framings, lightings and retouchs of the images give a very amazing atmosphere to each photograph.
Manuel Cosentino’s work ‘Behind a Little House’ is an intimate participatory art project where wall-mounted photographs and a participatory artist book lead the viewer to turn from an outside observer, a spectator, into an active participant. The first image resembles a Big-Bang like notion, that sets everything into motion, while the last picture represents a new beginning – ‘that piece of ‘carte blanche’ that we are all given with our lives’. The book is an essential part of the project. By drawing into the book everybody is free to share their dream, hopes and fears, contributing to the world behind the little house or even destroying it. ‘As for the location, I never mention where the little house is, I prefer it to transcend geographical placement and become an idea. We all live under the same sky after all… ’