11/4/13 Strange World Critique

sw critique 11413You are your environment.

Figures weld into their landscapes and become their surroundings. Welcome to that shadowy place where light shifts, where people literally morph and transform with the passage of time and space through connections to Other. Everything is not what it seems.

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Meet Matthew Albanese

Meet Matthew Albanese

In searching online for examples of some realistic looking strange worlds, I came across this miniatures artist, Matthew Albanese. He builds microcosms of natural scenes and then photographs them to appear life-size. Michael Zhang reviews his work for PetaPixel, a photography website:

Our jaws dropped when we came across Matthew Albanese’s work. He uses everyday materials to create astonishingly detailed small-scale miniatures of stunning landscapes, and then photographs them using forced perspective techniques.

Here’s his statement and a taste of his work:

“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.”