Fields, After the Storm - Made of faux fur (fields), cotton (clouds) and sifted tile grout (mountains).

Though we've showcased a lot of miniature worlds here on theMET, we've never quite seen anything like this before. Matthew Albanese creates amazing miniature worlds using his special ingredients, his camera and a lot of creativity. There are no shortcuts to his work. In fact, as he explains, "Every aspect from the construction to the lighting of the final model is painstakingly pre-planned using methods which force the viewers perspective when photographed from a specific angle. Using a mixture of photographic techniques such as scale, depth of field, white balance and lighting I am able to drastically alter the appearance of my materials."

Take a look at his photos and be prepared to be blown away!

Nature
Made out of a mixture of many different materials, tile grout, moss, bottle brushes (pine trees) Actual clippings from ground cover and was built on top of standard outdoor patio table (water glass). The sky is canvas painted blue. Coloring was again achieved by shifting white balance.

Aurora Borealis
"This one was made by photographing a beam of colored light against a black curtain to achieve the edge effect. The trees were composited from life ( so far the only real life element in any of these images) The stars are simply strobe light through holes in cork board."

Burning Room
Made of wood, nylon, plexiglass, purchased dollhouse furniture. The model was actually set on fire to achieve this effect.

Volcano, "Breaking Point"
Made of tile grout, cotton, phosphorous ink. This model volcano was illuminated from within by 6-60 watt light bulbs.

Paprika Mars
Made of 12 pounds paprika, cinnamon, nutmeg, chili powder and charcoal.

Tornado
Made of steel wool, cotton, ground parsley and moss

Matthew Albanese

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Comment by Amy Wong on May 3, 2010 at 5:20pm
Also, you have to check out his behind the scenes, they're insightful and detailed!
Comment by Amy Wong on May 3, 2010 at 5:19pm
Omgosh, I found his fb acc, and I was so amazed with his work!! Great post by the way!
Comment by sAm on January 27, 2010 at 3:10pm
Great explanations behind the photos. Especially the volcano. Too cool!
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