Photographer and diorama artist Matthew Albanese handcrafts miniature diorama scenes using common household items:
The trees in this scene are made of singed bottle brushes painted black. The stars are spatters of phosphorous ink and the moon and atmosphere is a black and white image projected onto black muslin.
This ocean scene, titled “DIY Paradise” is made out of cotton, salt, cooked sugar, tin foil, feathers & canvas.
This image is “Aurora Borealis”, made by photographing a beam of colored light against a black curtain to achieve the edge effect. The trees were composited from life and the stars are simply strobe light through holes in cork board.
This Diorama with a Willow Tree is made using painted parchment paper, thread, hand dyed ostrich feathers, carved chocolate, wire, raffia, masking tape, coffee, synthetic potting moss and cotton.
It took two months to store up enough fireplace ash to create this lunar landscape. The darker rocks are made of mixed tile grout, flag crumpled paper & wire. The Earth is a video still projected onto the wall. Inspired by the Apollo 11 mission.
This volcano is made out of tile grout, cotton, phosphorous ink. The volcano was illuminated from within by 6-60 watt light bulbs.
See more of Mr. Albanese’s photos and behind the scene shots HERE.