Erik Johansson, photographer and retoucher from Sweden now living in Berlin, knows how to make an incredible photograph into a totally surreal illusion.

“I don’t capture moments, I capture ideas,” he writes in his artist statement. “To me photography is just a way to collect material to realize the ideas in my mind.”

The photographer has worked with Google and Microsoft and has been invited to give a TED talk on how to make the impossible happen. He’s  given us a glimpse of his photoshop magic in this behind the scenes video for how he made the Cut & Fold image (above). Fifteen hours of post-production hours later.

The music is by Justice – New Lands (Falcon remix).