Photographer Uses Sugar, Cotton, Feathers and Chocolate to Construct Stunning Landscapes


As part of our ongoing partnership with Feature Shoot, Beautiful/Decay is sharing Alison Zavos’ article on Matthew Albanese.

“DIY Paradise” was constructed from cotton, salt, cooked sugar, tin foil, feathers & canvas.


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.—Matthew Albanese


Matthew Albanese is a fine art photographer from New Jersey who specializes in creating and photographing miniatures from common household objects and materials. “New Life I”    (pictured above)  was constructed 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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  • beautiful!

  • These miniatures are unreal! Very impressive.

  • Ollie

    im genuinely amazed by this! really inspiring

  • sooo cool!

  • freaking awesome

  • paolootm


  • Very cool.

  • Awesome…no more words

  • ang galing, two thumbs up!!

  • WOW that’s really cool. I would love to see a movie where all the sets are made by this guy and shot on green screen.

  • Stunningly realistic, thanks for sharing!

  • matt

    make a movie!

  • Matt Sowersbry

    I wonder what art like this does for the human consciousness? Is it proof of our technique, or a romantic search for iconicism? It certainly is beautiful, and something all people can understand, and it is an ‘illusion.’

    Since the ‘self’ is also an illusion then this is probably extremely clever but it says nothing about that. I like all this but don’t understand its purpose.

  • James
  • Simply beautiful capturing the wonders of the world so simply! Bravo! -Jackson