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Paprika Mars

In Read, View on September 8, 2010 at 7:17 am

Matthew Albanese is an artist who uses household objects to create realistic photos of natural scenes.  Wired has eight of his scenes and includes behind-the-scenes looks at how he goes about creating them:

“I knocked over a tub of paprika and I was kind of interested in the texture and the color and the smell and everything,” said Albanese. “It just made sense for me to use that, to start there.”

Working in his self-built studio tucked into the back of his father’s New Jersey warehouse, Albanese employed his art-school education to shape a meticulously detailed relief of the Martian surface.

Scale models have been used in movies and television for decades, but not often ones constructed from found materials. Albanese’s results rival those of professional special effects studios, all performed without a team of artisans or expensive equipment.

Paprika Mars was created from paprika, cinnamon, nutmeg, chili powder and charcoal.  Photo by Matthew Albanese.

Paprika Mars was created from paprika, cinnamon, nutmeg, chili powder and charcoal. Photo by Matthew Albanese.

To me, Tornado is the most impressive.

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