What makes his photos so compelling is that they’re both believable and unbelievable at the same time. The situations they depict are impossible – for example, the country road that’s been snipped along the middle; its edges curling dramatically upwards. Because the images are photorealistic, however, they somehow seem strangely plausible.
Another example is the happy couple in their rowing boat, apparently enjoying a sunset paddle on the… field. There’s not a drop of water in sight, but that hasn’t deterred these two from rowing across the ethereal landscape.
There’s something undeniably absurd about Johansson work, so it’s no surprise that the photographer counts Salvador Dali and René Magritte among his influences. Their iconic paintings are channeled into some creations in particular.