Saturday, October 5, 2013

Don't Believe Your Eyes

Matthew Albanese, an artist, is fascinated with special effects and magic. He owns a stunning artwork collection of photographs that will blow your mind with their realistic presence. On the left side in  gallery you can see the final image and on the right you will be able to see how image was created using his special effects. Scroll down and enjoy in today’s gallery with 15 beautiful pieces of artwork. 


Matthew Albanese 16 Dont Believe Your Eyes
 Diorama for Box of Lightning.. Backlit etching in plexiglass painted black.


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Diorama made out of walnuts, poured and cast candle wax, wire, glitter, peanut shells, flock, plaster, wire, dyed starfish, compressed moss, jellybeans(anemones), sponges, wax coated seashells, toothpaste,
clay, figs, feathers, Q-tips, nonpareils.


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


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 Diorama made out of tile grout, cotton, phosphorous ink. This model volcano was illuminated from within and underneath by six 60 watt light bulbs. 


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 Making clouds out of drug store cotton balls. Diorama madre from cotton, salt, cooked sugar, tin foil, feathers & canvas.


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 This model is simply made out of faux fur(fields), cotton (clouds) and sifted tile grout(mountains). The perspective is forced as in all of my images, and the lighting effect was created by simply shifting the white balance.


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 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.


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


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 Made out of 20 pounds of sugar, jello and corn syrup. The crystals were grown in my studio over the course of two months.


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  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. 


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 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.


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Diorama made of steel wool, cotton, ground parsley and moss


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 This one is a mixture of many different materials, tile grout, moss, bottle brushes (pine trees) Actual clippings from ground cover and was built on top of  standard outdoor patio table (water glass).  The sky is canvas painted blue. Coloring was again achieved by shifting white balance.


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 This one was made by photographing a beam of colored light against a black curtain to achieve the edge effect. The trees were composited from life ( so far the only real life element in any of these images) The stars are simply strobe light through holes in cork board.


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 Paprika Mars. Made out of 12 pounds paprika, cinnamon, nutmeg, chili powder and charcoal
 Matthew Albanese’s fascination with film, special effects and movie magic—and the mechanics behind these illusions—began early.  Born in northern New Jersey in 1983, Albanese spent a peripatetic childhood moving between New Jersey and upstate New York. An only child, Albanese enjoyed imaginative, solitary play. He loved miniatures and created scenarios intricately set with household objects and his extensive collection of action figures. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography at the State University of New York, Purchase, Albanese worked as a fashion photographer, training his lens on bags, designer shoes and accessories—this small-object specialization is known in the retail trade as “table top photography.” Albanese’s creative eye soon turned to tabletop sets of a more wildly eclectic nature. In 2008, a spilled canister of paprika inspired him to create his first mini Mars landscape. More minute dioramas—made of spices, food and found objects—followed. In 2011, Albanese was invited to show at the Museum of Art and Design of New York. His work has also been exhibited at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Winkleman Gallery, and Muba, Tourcoing France. Matthew is represented  at Bonni Benrubi Gallery in New York



  1. brilliant. way to recreate nature

  2. ... our whole life is just a big illusion ... right time to wake up !

  3. There are those who take REAL, spectacular images of nature. Why do this? But of course, for the challenge and art aspect. But if you didn`t know the images were created, you`d think, nice, good shot, like the thousands (millions?) taken since photography began.

    I find it interesting, the moon and Mars shots though. If these were created so realistically, by a single individual, imagine how realistic, fake images could have been created by NASA with hundreds involved with a pretty large budget.

    Lends a BIT of credence to the idea that we never went to the moon and that they're hiding some interesting stuff being found on Mars.

    1. The moon landings were pure cinema directed by Kubrick. The moon landings were a façade, whilst the money was used to weaponize space.

      Nothing NASA or the military or the government or Big Pharma etc. has told us has ever been true.

  4. Of course, his depiction of a Mars landscape is inaccurate. There is no reason that Mars should look so red on the ground and especially in the sky. The very first image of Mars, shown during the first press conference, showed a tan landscape with a pale BLUE sky. Since then, most images released to the public have been altered with , a red tone.

    With some, they went WAY too far and the red tone is so overdone, it's obvious what they're doing. BUT, the occasional image gets out that reveasl the true colors on Mars.

    One in particular is a Youtube video, put out by NASA titled, Spirit & Opportunity: 5 years on Mars . At the 1 min. 12 second mark, you'll see what I mean. Pretty spectacular image and very natural looking, no red tint. Why this image is there, exposing the color manipulation is the question. A whistleblower, perhaps?

  5. Here's the link,,, and scroll to the 1:12 mark.

  6. I've had a lifelong interest in model railroads, and really enjoy good photos of well-made scenic dioramas. This fellow could pursue that hobby, build some dioramas, and win the photo contests every time. What an awesome talent!