All photographs taken by Matthew Albanese. Used with permission.
Unlike other photographers who seek out scenes in nature to photograph, Matthew Albanese does his landscape shooting in a studio, and how he makes it possible is as impressive as his landscape images.
If you want to seek out the surreal landscapes in his awesome portfolio, out now in his book entitled “Strange Worlds,” well then good luck. The only place you’ll find them is on his table in his studio.
You see, Matthew isn’t just a photographer. He is also a special effect artist-slash-wizard who has a knack for painstakingly creating miniature sets, dioramas, if you must, of beautiful landscape scenes – from the aurora borealis-bedecked skies of the north to the rough and empty terrain of the moon and everything in between – amazingly enough, with things you’ll probably find in your own kitchens (food, spices, what have you…). What started out as a mini landscape of Mars project made out of spilled paprika blossomed into these full-blown creations that feel familiar but look out-of-this-world.
Check out some of his landscape photos after the jump, and be sure to follow him on Facebook to see more of his work.