Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Realistic Models Made From Household Objects

These stunning landscape images should belong in National Geographic magazine but they are actually models made using household items. Artist Matthew Albanese spends hours on his sculptures – whose materials include tile grouting, cinnamon and steel wool – and then brings them to life using clever photography.

"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."

Tornado made of steel wool, cotton, ground parsley and moss
volcano, "Breaking Point", made out of tile grout, cotton, phosphorous ink

view of mars. The materials, paprika, cinnamon and chili powder (planet) and coffee and sugar (starfield)
Burning Room, Made of wood, nylon, plexiglass, purchased dollhouse furniture. The model was actually set on fire to achieve this effect.

Fields, After the Storm. This model is simply made out of faux fur(fields), cotton (clouds) and sifted tile grout(mountains).

This one is a mixture of many different materials, tile grout, moss, bottle brushes (pine trees)

"Salt Water Falls" Model made out of glass, plexiglass, tile grout, moss, twigs, salt, painted canvas & dry ice.


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