Little Models, Big Worlds
Friday, February 19, 2010 17:20 GMTLINCOLN PARK, N.J. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) You dont have to leave home to photograph big, beautiful landscapes.
Matthew Albanese builds tiny models of gorgeous natural landscapes in his New York studio, then photographs them under certain lighting so they look just like the real thing.
Hes re-created the rocky terrain of Mars, an exploding volcano, snow-covered mountains, and whirling tornados using materials he finds at Home Depot or the supermarket like spices, cotton balls, tile grout, and fake fur.
Albanese admits the work is often tedious and challenging since there is so much attention to detail.
In fact, it takes him up to a month to make one model, which eventually drives him a little crazy.
However, the process is still joyful because hes doing something he truly loves.
Unfortunately, the life span of each model isnt long since theyre made with mostly degradable materials. But the photos last forever.