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Bringing Tiny Models to Life

Jill Harness

The image above is undoubtedly impressive, but the really amazing thing about the picture is the fact that this place doesn't really exist. Photographer Matthew Albanese takes painstaking efforts to create amazing model worlds out of common household ingredients and then uses tilt shift photography and lighting tricks to make the model become a photo realistic creation.

In fact, the setting above is constructed with faux fur, sifted tile grout and cotton. His website also has a strikingly real tornado created with steel wool and cotton and a stunning volcano created with phosphorus ink, cotton, tile grout, and cotton. It's most certainly worth your while to explore his entire collection.