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Little Models, Big Worlds

Friday, February 19, 2010 17:20 GMT

LINCOLN PARK, N.J. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – You don’t 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.

He’s 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 he’s doing something he truly loves.

Unfortunately, the life span of each model isn’t long since they’re made with mostly degradable materials. But the photos last forever.