A Behind-the-Scenes Glimpse of Matthew Albanese’s Magical Miniature Worlds

Get ready to pick your jaw off the floor. Matthew Albanese shoots miniature dioramas using a variety of photographic techniques to make them look hyper-realistic. He spends painstaking hours (up to a month) meticulously planning and perfecting his miniature worlds which are destroyed after he gets the photo.

Diorama made from wood, moss, yellow glitter, clear garbage bags, cooked sugar, scotch-brite pot scrubbers, bottle brushes, clipping from a bush in bloom (white flowers) clear thread, sand, tile grout (coloring), wire, paper and alternating yellow, red and orange party bulbs [...] Most of the trees were suspended at different heights to enhance the destructive illusion of the fire.

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Here is Matthew Albanese on his techniques.