Matthew Albanese – Strange New Worlds

I came across Matthew Albanese’s work today whilst on the Behance website and at first thought his photographs were pretty cool…only then to read further about his work and realise they aren’t actually photographs of nature and landscapes, but models which he has created and photographed. They really are amazing! Albanese constructs small-scale meticulously detailed models using a variety of objects such as paprika, wool, nylon and faux fur to create emotive and truly realistic landscapes Each aspect of his work is painstakingly pre-planned so that it looks realistic for the viewer when photographed. His work is truly inspiring and the time and effort he has taken in construsting these models has seriously paid off when you see the final photographs!


(Fields, After the Storm. This model is simply made out of faux fur(fields), cotton (clouds) and sifted tile grout(mountains). The perspective is forced as in all of my images, and the lighting effect was created by simply shifting the white balance.)

(Volcano, “Breaking Point”, made out of tile grout, cotton, phosphorous ink. this model volcano was illuminated from within by 6-60 watt light bulbs)

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


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