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Out of town – to Mars and back

I will be traveling the next couple of days. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to post again. But speaking of travel, here are some mini-landscapes for your viewing pleasure (courtesy of Wired):

Matthew Albanese saw his destiny when he knocked a tub of spices onto the floor.

“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.

From childhood fascinations to a promising art career, Albanese is gaining attention for his realistic photographs of imagined places. DIY techniques and dedication are luring both online eyes and art collectors; his series has been featured in newspapers from China to Brazil and made a splash on the Sundance website. Read on for a peek into his Strange Worlds series.

Paprika Mars was created from paprika, cinnamon, nutmeg, chili powder and charcoal.

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Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.