Most people get to reach their dreams by engaging in activities and hobbies that open doors towards these dreams. But that is not the case of Erik Johansson.
He, instead, found his interest in Photography and Arts through the things that he was exposed to during his early years.
Having been born in 1985 in the middle of Sweden, outside a small town called Gotene, Erik enjoyed farm life with his parents and two younger sisters.
One of the strongest influences on Erik that had helped shape his passion for arts, particularly in drawing, was his grandmother who was a painter. During his young life, he loved to draw and create illustrations of just about anything his eyes fixed on.
But if he was not drawing, he was busy enjoying a world of his own as he engrossed himself with computer games. Thus, Erik’s passion for photography and photos are a combination of his skillful hands in drawing and his knowledge in computers.
It was when Erik turned 15 that he received his first digital camera. Though he enjoyed what he could do with his digital cam, he felt like doing more than just capture shots. And then, it dawned on him that he can actually create something more with the pictures that he had already taken.
Erik took Computer Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology where his interest for arts grew more intense. He became even more skillful in retouch wherein he enhanced the photos he took using a program. After he uploaded several of his works online, he received several requests from local advertisement agencies for commissioned works.
Today, Erik has commissioned projects and personal projects that he is working on. Though he has worked with giant companies like Google, Microsoft, and Adobe, he still believes that his personal work and concepts are still the most important.
Indeed, Erik Johansson teaches us that you don’t have to think about what you want to do. Oftentimes, it has always been there right in front of you. You just have to open your eyes and heart and see what life has for you.
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