Matthew Albanese creates small-scale meticulously detailed models of outdoor scenes and landscapes using everyday, simple, mundane materials and transform them into an image through the lens of his camera making them look hyper-realistic. Albanese has used ordinary household items such as spices, cotton, colored paper, ink, steel wool and glasses to create his dioramas.
Matthew’s attention to detail is so remarkable he even created a realistic underwater scene showing lifelike coral on a fake ocean floor. To make the piece he used walnuts, candle wax, wire, glitter, peanut shells, dead starfish, compressed moss, jellybeans, coated seashells, toothpaste, clay, figs, feathers, cotton earbuds and chocolates. The surface of the ocean is actually a vinyl shower curtain on suspended plexiglass. He used fake fog and a video projector to create the underwater glow.