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A BTS Look at Diorama Landscape Photography

Photographer/Diorama Artist Matthew Albanese constructs and photographs unreal real looking landscape scenes using readily accessible materials. Scroll through some of his work and be amazed at their realism, effort and the materials. Can you figure out what Matthew used to make each scene before reading it? No, no you can't.

Matthew Albanese: "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."

25 pounds of sugar cooked at varying temperatures (hard crack & pulled sugar recipes) It's basically made out of candy. salt, egg whites, corn syrup, cream of tartar, powdered sugar, blue food coloring, india ink & flour. Three days of cooking, and two weeks of building.


Cotton, salt, cooked sugar, tin foil, feathers & canvas.


Glass, plexiglass, tile grout, moss, twigs, salt, painted canvas & dry ice. The waterfall was created from a time exposure of falling table salt.

Painted parchment paper, thread, hand dyed ostrich feathers, carved chocolate, wire, raffia, masking tape, coffee, synthetic potting moss and cotton.


Painted parchment paper, thread, hand dyed ostrich feathers, carved chocolate, wire, raffia, masking tape, coffee, synthetic potting moss and cotton.


Tile grout, moss and bottlebrush trees.

A beam of colored light against a black curtain, composited trees, strobe light through holes in cork board.

Walnuts, poured and cast candle wax, wire, glitter, peanut shells, flock, plaster, wire, dyed starfish, compressed moss, jellybeans, sponges, wax coated seashells, toothpaste, clay, figs, feathers, Q-tips and nonpareils.


Steel wool, cotton, ground parsley and moss.



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M2 FOTO's picture

Holly Crap! Awesome work :D

Jaron Schneider's picture

These melt my face with incredibleness. 

Jeremy Montgomery's picture

Now I'd call this one art

Steve Morel's picture

THis guy is awesome! :D



rj's picture

There's some patience and passion for ya!

consider mind blown. the forest fire scene is amazeballs.

Christine's picture

Absolutly amazing!! I have never seen anything so remarkable!

Christopher Mims's picture

nice post

Very awesome!

Nicholas's picture

What an inspiration!

Mitchell Bundy's picture

Absolutely amazing work!

Catlin Humes's picture

Absolutely Amazing!!!

Trevor Dayley's picture

Absolutely incredible! Thanks for the behind the scenes shots. That really helps tell the story. Truly amazing!

Bua's picture

I just picked my jaw off the floor!

Yael Paris's picture

incredible Oo

Matjaz Andrejasic's picture


Aaron Zwaal's picture

Woah awesome!

Danuta Domańska's picture

Fascinating. Congratulations for photographer's author!


RUSS's picture

 Fascinating, amazing, awesome!

Mattbuzz's picture

I don't see the point of it, but this is truly amazing

brandnew's picture

This is Blue Peter on speed!!! Some utterly bizarre ingredients brought together to create something truly amazing...think I'll stick to traditional landscape photography though! ;) 

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Vladimir Vuksan's picture

Bravo one's again!!!

balu's picture

super work