Hello dear poets! Michelle Beauchamp, here, aka Mish bringing you back to the pub for Poetics.
Surrealism. It defies logic, rationality and what we perceive as natural. Strange beauty transpires from the most unusual artistic assemblages, combinations and distortions. It has been described as an unleashing of creativity and the subconscious mind. Beyond the works of Picasso, the process emerged from art and literature to other mediums including sculptures, lithography, theater, film and photography. We have explored the movement of surrealism in previous dVerse prompts. Today I’d like to focus specifically on the surreal photography of Erik Johansson.
Erik Johansson is a Swedish photographer and visual artist, now living in Prague, Czech Republic. In his bio, he says that he “seeks to capture ideas rather than moments” and “strives to create a single, realistic image that tells a story, even if it includes elements that seem impossible.” He describes the process of his work on his About page here. Scrolling through his gallery, I found the results to be captivating, each one feeding my muse with possibilities. Perhaps you will be moved as well. Choose an image below that sends you a message, an idea, or a story. There are more photos available on his website using this link.
Note: All gallery images on Erik Johansson’s site are available for personal and non-commercial use only. If you are including an image with your poem, you are required to credit his work with his name and website.
Here’s how to join in:
- Write a poem of any style, inspired by one of the images above or from Erik Johansson’s gallery. Post it to your blog.
- Remember to credit the artist.
- Click on Mr. Linky below to add your name and direct url to your poem.
- Add a link for dVerse on your page so others can find us as well.
- Visit other poets on the list to read their poems and comment.
- Join us at the pub to say hello!
Hi everyone! Thank you so much Mish for hosting with an ekphrastic prompt, especially a surrealistic one! It was a hard choice until I saw two that went well together, I can’t wait to see what everyone makes of these fantastic images.
Hi Kim! 🙂 It is a difficult choice! Combining two of them sounds fantastical. Thanks for joining in.
Welcome wonderful poets! I have warm chocolate chip cookies and your favourite beverage waiting for you on your return from the “surreal”. I’m excited to read where the images took you.
Thank you for hosting. Warm chocolate cookies and tea will be perfect.
Hello Grace….some cookies and a mug of Earl Grey coming your way.
Thank you. I was tempted to do the office one but maybe I will reserve that for OLN this Thursday.
That would be great. Although I’ve never really worked in an office, I almost chose that one too. So many directions one can take with these images.
Hi Mish. Thank you introducing his work to us. Amazing work and I was inspired. Looking forward to reading the poems.
🙂 It was nice to stumble upon his work. So glad they spoke to you.
Hi Mish and others. Amazing prompt, Mish. The art is thought provoking. I am looking forward to poems it inspires.
Hello and thanks, Punam! I’m excited too.
You are welcome.
I am in love with these images!!!
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They are very mesmerizing and have a way of pulling you in. Thanks for dropping into the pub 🙂
I absolutely adore these images – it was really hard to choose one! Fantastic (in every sense of the word!) prompt.
Thank you, Sarah. I know what you mean. It was hard to choose which ones to feature within the prompt! I’m sure there are many more from his site that will grow into poetry. 🙂
I love these images, Mish! And I agree with everyone that it’s really hard to decide which one to pick. Thank you! I will try to join in later.
Wonderful, Merril 🙂
Thanks for hosting Mish. What an interesting artist. Love the paintings. I chose the little library.
Hiya Dwight! I’m so happy to chose that one. It really intrigued me.
I loved it!
I love these!! So many ideas! Great prompt, Mish.
Thank you, Cris. Enjoy. 🙂
Rob Kistner said:
Great prompts Mish, my favorite — visual prompts! Thank you! There will be more poems to be written with this quality inspiration.
Wow. Incredible imagery! Really couldn’t pick just one, so I went with the overall impression that the collection left me. Thank you for spotlighting this excellent artist
My pleasure! Your response will be interesting, I’m sure. 🙂
It sure is a challenge. I was tempted to begin describing what I saw in a given image, but then that felt kind of hollow. Clearly he’s trying to capture an Idea with his image. I didn’t want to try and capture his image with words, but rather an idea. Not sure I was able to do that, but it’s really intriguing.
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Thank you for the wonderful prompt and introduction to this artist. So many great photos!
Thanks for joining in, Truedessa. 🙂
Fun image prompts. They remind me of Rob Gonsalves paintings: https://www.sapergalleries.com/Gonsalves.html
Thanks so much for sharing the link, Maria! His work is stunning and I can see the commonalities.
M Jay Dixit said:
Hi, Mish. Thanks for hosting. Awesome prompt!
Hi Jay! Thank you. 🙂
Dr B said:
I’m so pleased to have found your site via Dwight Roth, right up my street, working on a haiku for one of Erik’s images now! 🙏🙏🕉
How wonderful! Welcome to dVerse. 🙂
So glad you found your way to us. Enjoy the poetry trail.
I really like his work Mish, I encountered a couple of pieces once before and have been captivated by his ability to make me ponder deeply so thank you for these.
Fab challenge Mish ❤️
This prompt is surreal!
These are wonderful Mish–thanks! (K)
Mother Wintermoon said:
Wonderful prompt and amazing photos!
Hi Mish et all. Just posted the link to my contribution to the prompt over at Mr. Linky there. Hope ye all enjoy the read and thanks Mish for a really thought provoking and imaginative prompt! 🙏😁