Maintaining cabinets of curiosities evolved during the Renaissance-Baroque period. In these collectors’ rooms precious artworks (artificialia), rare phenomena of nature (naturalia), scientific instruments (scientifica), objects from strange worlds (exotica), and inexplicable items (mirabilia) were preserved. They reflected the standard of knowledge and view of the world at that time.
Brandon Seidler fuses the chemicals taken in that area with his photographs- to show both toxin and landscape. Strange that he uses photography to protest. The photography process uses chemicals-manufactured products.
Matthew Albanese began his Strange Worlds project in 2008, he says, it was very much about “tricking the eye.” “I would describe the photography that I do as small scale dioramas that I build by hand out of everyday, simple, mundane materials and transform them into an image through the lens of my camera making them look hyper-realistic. I’ve used ostrich feathers to create willow trees. I’ve used steel wool to create a tornado. Nothing is off limits.”