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Creating a Conceptual Photo of the Full Moon: Photoshop Master Reveals How He Created

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Conceptual Photo of the Full Moon Service photography by Erik Johansson 1

Conceptual photographer Erik Johansson created mind-bending optical illusions that make people question reality. Erik has decided to present a behind-the-scenes look at how he produced one of his instant classics, an image titled “Full Moon Service”.

The production of this single image took about 8 months, and everything started when the artist sketched one of his ideas onto a piece of paper.

Conceptual Photo of the Full Moon Service photography by Erik Johansson 1

He then moved to creating and buying props (for example, rice paper lamps, light bulbs, an electric generator, a van, and more). Finally, Johansson shot the base with a Hasselblad H6D-50c and did his magic in Photoshop CC 2017.


The project was done in the late summer of 2016. It all started with a sketch of what Johansson wanted to create.

Here’s the 3-minute behind-the-scenes video: