Through the careful digital manipulation of photographs taken from geographical locations across the globe,Simen Johan constructs an otherworldly animal kingdom. His ongoing series “Until the Kingdom Comes”, depicts the natural world as something familiar, yet undeniably surreal.
While many photographers shy away from the reality of using computer tools like photoshop to enhance and distort the content of their work, Johan not only admits it, but describes it as an essential part of his practice. He tells National Geographic:
It’s rare that I see something that i want to simply photograph and not change at all .When constructing or manipulating images, I’m still limited by whatever raw material I’m able to capture on film, but I have more creative freedom to be imaginative
SIMEN JOHAN: Some of my work emulates traditional
nature photography, and there’s some intended irony in that. But there’s
also sincerity, because I really do enjoy making beautiful images of
nature. Beauty alone, though, doesn’t echo my experience of the world,
which is more complex and multilayered, so in my versions of “nature
photography” I also incorporate darker qualities.