Yes, it looks a lot like Mars. But what you’re actually seeing is 12 pounds of paprika, cinnamon, nutmeg, chili powder, and charcoal. Strange Worlds, a new series by artist Matthew Albanese, features photographs of small-scale models made from unlikely, everyday ingredients. Think a diorama you would have made back in elementary school, but you know, totally amazing. “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,” he explains. “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.”
More images after the jump.