Life On Paprika MarsS

This looks so much like Mars I can almost see the Rover in the background. But it's not another planet—it's one of a series of incredible small-scale models by artist Matthew Albanese. Wait until you see the volcano.

Albanese calls the series "Strange Worlds," although the strangest thing about them is the materials they're made from: paprika, nutmeg, cotton— even a stream made from an outdoor patio table.

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To achieve such life-like images, he leans heavily on the photographic technique and viewing angle:

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.

Amazingly pretty, and pretty amazing. Even more shots can be seen here. [Strange Worlds via The Awesomer]