Creative Photography Showcase #6: Strange Worlds by Matthew Albanese

I was looking at this artist's Behance portfolio the other day and I was thinking to myself: "Okay, beautiful pictures, but how are they any different from every other photographer's landscape portfolio?". And then it hit me. These are no landscapes. This is a strange world the artist himself created from scratch. This isn't just photography, this is pure art.

Matthew Albanese is a fine art photographer from New Jersey. He specialises in creating his own superrealistic micro-worlds in his studio.

DIY Paradise by Matthew Albanese

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. 

Wondering what his studio looks like? Fortunately, he has a whole album of behind the scenes shots and it's one of the most impressive work I've ever seen. 

Photo courtesy of Matthew Albanese

Matthew's work proves incredible attention to details and an impressive amount of creativity. Take a look at a making of video of one of his shots:


How To Breathe Underwater by Matthew Albanese

Wondering what the picture above might be made of? The artist explains:

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. Surface of the water was created using vinyl shower curtain, plexiglass and clear epoxy. The reflected sunlight effect was created using a video projector through fake fog. The white balance was set for tungsten allowing the sunlight to appear bright and clear while the strobes provided a deep blue shift in the fill light regions. The lens was covered with a piece of blue stretch wrap which created subtle distortions throughout the image. A total of 11 light sources were used including the projector.

Burning Room by Matthew Albanese In case you were wondering, yes, that is actual dollhouse furniture that he set on fire for the shot.

Photo courtesy of Matthew Albanese Photo courtesy of Matthew Albanese

If you like Matthew Albanese's work, you can follow his activity on his Facebook fanpage.