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Erik Johansson’s series of surreal photo-manipulations really caught my attention because of their simplicity and inherent depth.

For instance, in the image on the lower image, the cluster of telegraph poles resemble a forest. Further emphasising this parallel with nature are the patches of grass on the ground and the texture of the poles which resemble the trunk of a wild tree rather than the fashioned timber of a telegraph pole.

Furthermore, the cloudy backdrop and the darkened pallet in the image creates an eerie, ominous scene, presenting the familiar and mundane telegraph pole as something sinister.

By taking the telegraph poles and returning them to the forest – the origin of the timber poles –  Johansson condemns humanity’s subjugation of nature, allowing us to realise that humans use natural resources to create simple everyday objects like telegraph poles – objects that we never considered harmful to the environment.

It is this simplicity and depth that I strive to achieve through my website. Johansson compels us to view telegraph poles in a different light. By simply altering small elements on Facebook – a seemingly harmless website we use on a daily basis – I want to allow the user to perceive facebook differently,which will in turn, question the effectiveness of the website in portraying identities, and ultimately, question the way they present their identities to others in general.


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