March 08, 2014

Links & Web Gems: Diorama Artist Matthew Albanese

The diorama has always played a prominent role in the hobby 'Big Three' we cater to here at Michigan Toy Soldier i.e. general modeling, figure modeling and figure collecting. We use scale models and landscaping to create historical or fictional scenes that show a specific moment in time. In my journeys across the world wide web I came across a guy who takes the diorama to an all new level. 
Photographer/Diorama Artist Matthew Albanese constructs and photographs unreal real looking landscape scenes using readily accessible materials. Such is the extra-ordinary world of Matthew Albanese, where glaciers are not made of ice but of sugar, salt, egg whites, food coloring, flour and, light. Albanese meticulously fabricates and then photographs small-scale models of complex panoramic vistas, using humble materials including cotton batting, boiled sugar candy, sand, and feathers. By masterly manipulating the scale, depth of field, balance and lighting, he alters the appearance of the materials to create dramatic and emotionally evocative landscapes. Anyone with even a remote interest in dioramas should check out his work which is featured in an article HERE and on his Facebook Page and on his Official Website.  

Also check out his book: Strange Worlds. This beautifully designed book brings together all the photographs in the Strange World series, including two new works made especially for the publication. The book features behind-the-scenes images of the miniature worlds, and insightful text by the artist on the process of his work.


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.” 


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