The following are pictures of dioramas by Matthew Albanese that have been created and photographed to make the scenes as realistic as possible using everyday ordinary things like sugar and spices.
|Mars - Paprika, cinnamon, thyme, chili powder, charcoal|
|Mars - spices again|
|Fields, After the Storm|
|How to Breathe Under Water|
Diorama made out of walnuts, poured and cast candle wax, wire, glitter, peanut shells, flock, plaster, wire, dyed starfish, compressed moss, jellybeans (anemones), sponges, wax coated seashells, toothpaste, clay, figs, feathers, Q-tips, nonpareils. Underwater effect was created using a shower curtain and lighting.
This one is 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.
Diorama made using painted parchment paper, thread, hand dyed ostrich feathers, carved chocolate, wire, raffia, masking tape, coffee, synthetic potting moss and cotton.
Besides being able to see landscapes in ordinary things, his art includes photography and being able to force our perspective so we see what he wants us to see. He doesn't have a website but you can view more of his work and videos about how he created his work here.
Matthew Albanese says:
My work involves the construction of small-scale meticulously detailed models using various materials and objects to create emotive landscapes. 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.