I have found so many cool Photoshop tutorials on youtube. I find it really cool that besides the usual photo editing you can also ”create” an image in Photoshop. You can make art in it.
Or can you?
If you ask me, yes.
The Swedish photo artist Erik Johansson is an example of how you can use photography and Photoshop in a creative way I think. Some of the comments suggest that this is not photography, it’s not art. I don’t care what you call it – I just find it cool and creative. I find that he is an artist, creating images. His images tell a story, that’s all I care about.
If I shall summarise my view on it, I think he is being creative with both photography and Photoshop. He knows how to make the most of his tools – his camera and Photoshop – to create art. For this type of editing to work you need to have an idea even before you take out the camera – then you need to know exactly what photo you need to take to be able to make the end product in Photoshop.
What do you think? Is this real art? Is this photography? Or merely ”computer genius” as one comment states? Another one says, ”it’s not photography, and it’s not painting so I hit the like button reluctantly”. Do you agree? Is this ”cheating art”?
(The only thing I cringe about is his awful Swedish accent. Ouch… it’s like scratching a blackboard. But that is beside the point! 😉 )