From tranquil beaches and lazy rivers to violent volcanoes and worlds beyond our own, Albanese creates spectacular tiny worlds from humble and often mundane materials. Sugar and food coloring are transformed into an arctic glacier; while walnuts, toothpaste and candle wax became the base for a fantastic living coral reef, complete with jelly bean anemones. Interestingly, the dioramas themselves are not the final product, but rather a means to the final photograph.
Made from sewing thread, sticks, wood, hand dyed ostrich plumes, potting moss and dip-dyed cotton batting, the handsome willow tree took about two months to construct.
This is a time lapse video of Matthew assembling a miniature willow tree made out of wood thread and hand dyed ostrich feathers.
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Matthew etches lightening bolts into plexiglass for his model, “Box of Lightening”. (Photo by Matthew Albanese/Barcroft Media)